What does Kai mean?
Variant of Kay. Also possibly (South African) "beautiful". Kai is also a Hawaiian name meaning "the sea".
Related boy name: Cai.Kreatif forms: Kaidy, Kaike, Kaisi. [more]
How popular is Kai?
Kai is a rare first name for males but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#24701 out of 150436, Top 16%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Kai for boys. Kai was first listed in 1980-1989 and reached its peak rank of #177 in the U.S. in 2014. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Kay is the only other popular alternative form of Kai (#177 2 years ago). These relations of Kai were favored as birth names today (usage of 0.4115%), except for the form Kay which has become less fashionable. Kai has generally been a favorite of parents. Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of Kai and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Kai▲ is alike in pronunciation to Caio, Caw, Kauai, Kawai, Kaye, Key and Koa. Other recommended similar baby names are Dai, Hai, Jai, KC, Kail, Kain, Kam, Kari, Kasi, Kaz and Rai. These names tend to be more commonly used than Kai.