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in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Kani

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  • According to a user from Denmark, the name Kani is of Kurdish origin and means "A pure water source in the mountains".
  • A user from India says the name Kani is of Hindi origin and means "Treasure,gold,something-valuable".
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International Interest

Notable Persons Named Kani

Kani Kauahi is an athlete for the Arizona Rattlers. He was most active from 1982 to present. Kani was born on September 6th, 1959 in Kekaha, Hawaii.


Kani was born in 1913. He passed away in 1984.


Kani Kouyaté is a basketball player. Kani was born on August 8th, 1990 in Treichville.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Kani

John Kani is an actor, theatre director, playwright, and director. John was born on August 30th, 1943 in New Brighton, Eastern Cape.


Atandwa was given the name Atandwa Duduza Yiduthi Kani in Port Elizabeth.


Mohammad-Reza Mahdavi Kani was a Chairman of the Assembly of Experts, Leader of the CCA, Minister of Interior, Minister of Justice, Chairmanof theAssembly of Experts, Leader of theCCA, Prime Minister of Iran, Ministry of Interior (Iran), and Ministry of Justice (Iran). He was most prominent from 1981 to 1981. His military service ended in 1982. Mohammad-Reza was born on August 25th, 1931 in Kan District. He passed away on October 21st, 2014.


Masataka Kani is a soccer player for the Zweigen Kanazawa, Kawasaki Frontale, and Shonan Bellmare. Masataka was born on April 18th, 1991 in Yokohama.


Saizo was born in 1554. They breathed their last breath in 1613.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1993 7 0 7
1995 10 0 10
1996 19 7 12
1997 25 8 17
1998 9 0 9
1999 29 8 21
2000 34 7 27
2001 34 9 25
2002 26 9 17
2003 36 10 26
2004 43 12 31
2005 42 7 35
2006 57 11 46
2007 31 8 23
2008 43 11 32
2009 39 7 32
2010 43 14 29
2011 34 8 26
2012 27 9 18
2013 21 8 13
2014 20 6 14
2015 26 9 17
2016 20 6 14
2017 19 10 9
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International Interest for Kani

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Popularity in the US

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Popularity of Kani as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kani U.S.
  White 57.59% 64.26%
  African American 12.03% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 22.78% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 6.96% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Kani

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

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Fun Facts about the name Kani

  • How Popular is the name Kani? Kani is the 13,278th most popular name of all time. As a last name Kani was the 111,426th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Kani have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 694 babies born with the first name Kani in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kani to occupy the territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) with an estimated population of 605 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kani? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1993 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Kani first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kani is Tuesday, May 28th, 1889.
  • What year had the most people named Kani born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kani was in 2006 with a total of 46 babies.
  • Random Kani Factoid: According to the 2006 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kani is not a popular baby boy's name in Florida. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Florida have the same name as you in 2006.
  • Weird things about the name Kani: Your name in reverse order is Inak. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nkai. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kani? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 158 people with the last name Kani.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kani? Kani is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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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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