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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Koa

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     Indian (Sanskrit)

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  • A user from Texas, United States says the name Koa is of Hawaiian origin and means "Great warrior".
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International Interest

Borrowing from Hawaiian koa.

  1. Acacia koa, a species of large tree in the family Fabaceae which is endemic to and common on the islands of Hawaii; or the wood of this tree.

koa was also found in the following language(s): Hawaiian

Notable Persons Named Koa

Koa Misi is an athlete. Koa was born on January 17th, 1987 in Santa Rosa, California.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1978 7 0 7
1979 5 5 0
1980 12 5 7
1981 6 0 6
1982 8 8 0
1984 8 8 0
1992 7 0 7
1993 8 0 8
1994 7 0 7
1995 13 0 13
1996 17 0 17
1997 12 0 12
1998 10 0 10
1999 22 0 22
2000 27 10 17
2001 17 0 17
2002 33 0 33
2003 29 0 29
2004 39 0 39
2005 48 6 42
2006 47 6 41
2007 62 6 56
2008 84 7 77
2009 95 14 81
2010 83 8 75
2011 95 7 88
2012 128 10 118
2013 124 11 113
2014 124 13 111
2015 173 11 162
2016 159 8 151
2017 243 22 221
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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International Interest for Koa

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Popularity in the US

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Popularity of Koa as a first name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Koa U.S.
  White 6.00% 64.26%
  African American 2.50% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 59.50% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 13.50% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 18.50% 16.26%

Of Last Name Koa

People with the last name Koa are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, Two or More Ethnicities, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Koa

  • How Popular is the name Koa? Koa is the 7,365th most popular name of all time. As a last name Koa was the 91,981st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Koa have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,752 babies born with the first name Koa in the United States. That's more than enough people named Koa to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Koa? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1978 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Koa first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Koa is Wednesday, April 17th, 1889.
  • What year had the most people named Koa born? The highest recorded use of the first name Koa was in 2017 with a total of 221 babies.
  • Random Koa Factoid: According to the 2013 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Koa ranks 94th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Hawaii. Imagine that, 16 babies in Hawaii have the same name as you in 2013.
  • Weird things about the name Koa: Your name in reverse order is Aok. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oka. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Koa? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 200 people with the last name Koa.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Koa? Koa is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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