[ 2 syll. la-ni, lan-i ] The baby girl name Lani is also used as a boy name, though the use for girls is far more popular. It is pronounced as LAA-Niy- †. Lani's language of origin is Hawaiian. It is predominantly used in Hawaiian and English. It is derived literally from the word lani with the meaning 'heaven, sky'. This is also a common element found in longer Hawaiian names.
In addition, Lani is a form (Hawaiian) of the English and Hawaiian Kalani.
Lani is also a shortening of the Hawaiian Kealani.
Lani is an unusual baby girl name. Its usage peaked modestly in 1979 with 0.008% of baby girls being named Lani. It was #989 in rank then. The baby name has experienced a drop in frequency since then, and is currently of only irregular use. In 2018, among the family of girl names directly related to Lani, Lainey was the most widely used. In the last century Lani has primarily been a baby girl name.
† Pronunciation for Lani: L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"