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Kai

First Name
39k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
1k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Kai mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Kai

"Kai" is a name of Polynesian / Hawaiian origin, and it means "Ocean". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

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Taken into regular use in the 1990s, with earlier popularity peaks in Scandinavia and Germany. The medieval Danish Kaj is possibly of Roman origin, Latinized as Caius, like the rare medieval English male given name Kay. The German Kai may also derive from a West Frisian pet form of Gerard, Cornelius, Nicholas, or Kampe "warrior". In the U.S. Kai has also been explained as Hawaiian kai (“sea”).

  1. A male given name of modern usage.
  2. (rare) A female given name of modern usage.

Kai was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, German, Hawaiian, Norwegian, and Turkish

Notable Persons Named Kai

Kai was born on July 12th, 1975 in Brooklyn, New York, United States.

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Kai was born on May 21st, 1956.

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Kai is a singing, dance, actor, singer, and dancer. Kai was given the name Kim Jong-in on January 14th, 1994 in Suncheon.

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Kai Hansen is a heavy metal music, power metal, and speed metal musician. He plays ESP Guitars and ENGL. He was most active from 1978 to present. Kai was given the name Kai Michael Hansen on January 17th, 1963 in Hamburg.

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Kai Ryssdal is a presenter. Kai was born on October 8th, 1963.

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Kai Hahto is a melodic death metal, folk rock, and power metal musician. He plays Drum kit. He was most active from 1993 to present. Kai was born on December 31st, 1973.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Kai

Kai is a singing, dance, actor, singer, and dancer. Kai was given the name Kim Jong-in on January 14th, 1994 in Suncheon.

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Wang Kai is an actor. He has been prominent since 2006. Wang was born on August 18th, 1982 in Wuhan. Wang is also known as Nick Wang.

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Leilani Kai is a wrestler. Leilani was born on January 23rd, 1960 in Tampa, Florida, United States.

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He was most prominent from 2007 to present. Zheng was born on April 17th, 1986 in Shanghai. Zheng is also known as Zheng Kai.

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Natasha Kai is a soccer player for the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, Rainbow Wahine, Sky Blue FC, Philadelphia Independence, United States women's national under-23 soccer team, and United States women's national soccer team. Natasha was born on May 22nd, 1983 in Kahuku, Hawaii, United States.

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Zou was born on February 25th, 1988 in Luzhou.

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How popular is the baby name Kai in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1926 6 0 6
1932 6 0 6
1944 5 0 5
1949 5 0 5
1950 9 0 9
1951 14 0 14
1952 5 0 5
1953 15 5 10
1954 14 0 14
1955 21 0 21
1956 12 0 12
1957 28 12 16
1958 29 9 20
1959 33 7 26
1960 27 6 21
1961 32 9 23
1962 41 14 27
1963 42 8 34
1964 38 6 32
1965 48 15 33
1966 45 10 35
1967 54 14 40
1968 59 13 46
1969 53 7 46
1970 78 21 57
1971 65 24 41
1972 99 46 53
1973 97 44 53
1974 93 43 50
1975 98 40 58
1976 95 42 53
1977 111 45 66
1978 140 67 73
1979 141 56 85
1980 147 64 83
1981 135 46 89
1982 134 40 94
1983 112 37 75
1984 134 49 85
1985 132 33 99
1986 125 29 96
1987 138 34 104
1988 136 43 93
1989 178 38 140
1990 175 51 124
1991 208 53 155
1992 227 68 159
1993 259 79 180
1994 302 88 214
1995 439 82 357
1996 384 87 297
1997 450 128 322
1998 488 125 363
1999 610 145 465
2000 752 131 621
2001 846 128 718
2002 1,264 157 1,107
2003 1,364 148 1,216
2004 1,488 164 1,324
2005 1,594 184 1,410
2006 1,630 180 1,450
2007 1,609 210 1,399
2008 1,841 234 1,607
2009 1,990 235 1,755
2010 2,013 268 1,745
2011 2,079 294 1,785
2012 2,217 281 1,936
2013 2,257 280 1,977
2014 2,671 269 2,402
2015 3,147 309 2,838
2016 3,177 315 2,862

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Popularity of Kai as a first name

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Popularity of Kai as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kai U.S.
  White 26.20% 64.26%
  African American 9.99% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 47.27% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 2.60% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 9.74% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.20% 16.26%

Of Last Name Kai

People with the last name Kai are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Kai

  • How Popular is the name Kai? Kai is the 1,169th most popular name of all time. As a last name Kai was the 21,830th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Kai have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 38,510 babies born with the first name Kai in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kai to occupy the territory of Sint Maarten (the Netherlands) with an estimated population of 37,429 (as of January 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kai? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1926 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Kai first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kai is Friday, November 4th, 1881.
  • What year had the most people named Kai born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kai was in 2016 with a total of 2,862 babies. That's a lot of babies named Kai!
  • Random Kai Factoid: According to the 1996 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kai ranks 75th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Hawaii. Imagine that, 21 babies in Hawaii have the same name as you in 1996.
  • Weird things about the name Kai: Your name in reverse order is Iak. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Kia. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kai? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,191 people with the last name Kai.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kai? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Kai as their last name since less than 1 person in 250k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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