[ 2 syll. ka-ri, kar-i ] The baby boy name Kari is also used as a girl name, with the latter form being much more common. It is pronounced as KAA-Riy or KEH-Riy †. Kari is largely used in the Hungarian and Finnish languages, and it is derived from Germanic and Old Greek origins.
Kari is a Hungarian variant of the name Charles (English and French).
Kari is also a Finnish variant of the name Makari (Russian).
Kari is not regularly used as a baby name for boys. It is not listed in the top 1000 names. In 2018, among the group of boy names directly linked to Kari, Charles was the most popular. In the past century Kari has predominantly been a girl name.
† English pronunciation for Kari: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"