Kai - Meaning of Kai
[ 1 syll. kai, ka-i ] The baby girl name Kai is also used, and more commonly so, as a boy name. It is pronounced KAY (German) †. Kai has its origins in the Old Greek and Hawaiian languages. It is used largely in Scandinavian, English, Hawaiian, and German. From Hawaiian roots, its meaning is 'sea' - in this context, Kai can be used in the English and Hawaiian languages. See Kai for more information.
In addition, Kai is a Scandinavian form of the Italian and English Gaia.
Kai is also a Scandinavian familiar form of the English Katherine.
Kai is also a spelling variant of the English and German Kay.
Kai is somewhat popular as a baby girl name. The name has been rising in popularity since the 2000s; prior to that, it was of only irregular use. At the modest peak of its usage in 2017, 0.018% of baby girls were named Kai. It was #804 in rank then. In 2018, it ranked at #854 with a usage of 0.017%. Out of the family of girl names directly related to Kai, Katherine was the most popular. It was 8 times more commonly used than Kai in 2018. Kai has primarily been a boy name in the last century. In 2017, 9 times more boys than girls were given the name Kai.
† Pronunciation for Kai: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; AY as in "side (S.AY.D)"