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Girl Names of Hawaiian Origin

Hawaiian baby names and what they mean, with 50 results. These girl names were at the height of their popularity in 2015 (adoption of 0.4%), except for names such as Lulu which have fallen out of style. The most fashionable names for newborns here are Leilani (#178), Kalani (#841), Kailani (#875), Kai (#895) and Hana (#860).

Hawaiian names

Ailani - Kamea | Kanani - Miliani | Moana - Ulani

Ailani - Kamea

"High chief." Aulani is also a somewhat common birth name. See also Ailyn.

"Ripe, precious." Rare, but Alamea is comparable to popular surnames Alyea (top 23%), Amantea (52%), which also end with -ea. See also Alaina.

"Precious; awakening." Usage of Lanna and forms is common today, except for versions like Alene which have fallen out of style. A rather modern Latinate feminine form ..

"Light of dawn or sunset glow." Not in Top 2000. See also Alala.

"Love or compassion." Somewhat atypical as a girls' name. See also Alaya. Modern name ..

"Messenger; angel, messenger of God." Uncommon as children's names, but Anela and Anakela are comparable to the more familiar Analia. Variant of Angela.

"Cool fragrance." Anuhea is seldom adopted as a baby name.

"Beautiful light." Rather quirky as a birth name. See also Amani.

"Embracing." Apona is not in the Top 2000. See also Arona.

"Sloping." Auina is unique as a birth name. See also Aine.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hawaiian names: Ailani, Alana, Aloha, Hana, Kai

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hawaiian names: Kaila, Kailani, Kalani, Kalei

"God is my oath." Unusual as a girls' name, but Bizzy is similar to the more conventional Kizzy. See also Lizzy. Nickname of Elizabeth.

"Remembrance of a loved one." Halia was not among 2015's Top names.

"Happiness; flower; work." Hana and Hannah are common as forms. An Arabic name meaning "bliss" ..

"To soar like the hawk." Iolana and Iolani are rare as children's names.

"The sea." A conventional girls' name (#895 the previous year), Kai also exists frequently as a last name. See also Kay.

"The laurel crown; style." Kaila has faded in popularity as a children's name since 1991. See also Cayla and Kayla.

"Sea and sky." Adoption of Kailani was up in 2015. See also Kaloni.

KalaniKalani, var. Kailani2
"The heavens, sky; royal one." Kailani has historically been preferred by parents, though Kalani is now the most fashionable.

"The flower wreath; the beloved." Adoption of Kalei, Kaleah, etc. as birth names in 2015 was 4.2% more than the previous year.

"The one (and only)." Compare last names Kamla (top 79%), Kameda (77%).

Quick Reference

Summary Index of names [and variants] for Hawaiian names for girls.

1. Ailani - Kamea
Ailani, Alamea, Alana, Alaula, Aloha, Anela, Anuhea, Aonani, Apona, Auina, Bizzy, Halia, Hana, Iolana, Kai, Kaila, Kailani, Kalani [Kailani], Kalei, Kamea

Kanani, Kani, Keala, Keiba, Keiki, Keilana, Keilani, Kina, Lanai, Lani, Leilani, Luana, Lulu, Mahina, Malana, Malia, Malina, Melia, Miki, Miliani

Moana, Mohala, Nalani, Nalea, Nana, Noelani, Olina, Palila, Ula, Ulani

Usage comparison for Hawaiian names