Kato is an African male name meaning “second of twins” in Luganda, as well as also being a Japanese surname (also spelled Katō or Katou) meaning “increase wisteria” (加藤) though it could have other meanings if other kanji are used. It’s pronounced ka-toe in Japanese. Kato could also be a variant spelling of Cato, an Ancient Roman cognomen meaning “wise” in Latin. Cato is also a Dutch diminutive of Catharina, the Dutch and Swedish form of Katherine. Katherine comes from Greek name Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is not certain. It could be derived from another Greek name, Hekaterine from hekateros meaning “each of the two” or from Hecate, the name of the Greek goddess of witchcraft, the underworld, and crossroads, from hekas possibly meaning “far off” though another theory states it comes from a Greek word meaning “will”. It might also be derived from Greek aikia “torture”. Katherine could also be from a Coptic name meaning “my consecration of your name”. The spelling of the name was later changed to be associated with Greek katharos “pure”.
Origin: East African (Luganda), Japanese, Latin, Greek, Coptic
- Kató (Icelandic, Hungarian)
- Cato (Ancient Roman, Dutch, English)
King comes from Old English cyning meaning “king, ruler”, which is derived from Proto-Germanic *kuninggaz, coming from “kin, family, clan”, originally used in reference to someone who was a leader of the people or perhaps someone born of noble birth. It’s used as a royal title referring to a male monarch, though in the modern world it’s used less for someone who’s descended from noble birth and more as a modern appellation (or even from a woman’s maiden name). As a surname, it came about as a nickname for someone who acted in a kingly manner or someone who played the part of a king in a pageant.
Kaitlin is a variant spelling of Caitlin, itself the Anglicized form of Caitlín the Irish form of Katherine which comes from Greek Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is not certain. It could be derived from another Greek name, Hekaterine from hekateros meaning “each of the two” or from Hecate, the name of the Greek goddess of witchcraft, the underworld, and crossroads, from hekas possibly meaning “far off” though another theory states it comes from a Greek word meaning “will”. It might also be derived from Greek aikia “torture”. Katherine could also be from a Coptic name meaning “my consecration of your name”. The spelling of the name was later changed to be associated with Greek katharos “pure”.
Origin: Greek, Coptic
- Caitlin (Irish, English)
- Caitlín (Irish)
- Kaitlyn (English)
- Caitlyn (English)
- Katelyn (English)
- Catelyn (English)
- Kaitlynn (English)
- Caitlynn (English)
- Catelynn (English)
- Kaitlynne (English)
- Caitlynne (English)
- Catelynne (English)
Kaoru (pr. ka-oh-roo) is a Japanaese unisex name with various meanings depending on the kanji used: 郁 “fragrance”, 薫 “fragrance”, 芳 “fragrance”, 馨 “fragrant, aromatic”, 香 “fragrant”.
Kenji is a Japanese male name made up of Japanese elements ken with various meanings of 研 (study, sharpen), 件 (case, matter, example), 健 (strong, healthy); 伸 (to stretch, lengthen, extend); 兼 (connect, combine, concurrent); 券 (ticket, certificate); 剣 (sword); 堅 (firm, steady, hard, strict, solid); 宣 (to declare, to announce, to proclaim); 建 (build, establish, construct); 憲 (constitution, law); 拳 (first); 賢 (wise, clever, intelligent); and ji with various meanings of 二 (two); 次 (second, next, in order); 治 (govern, regulate, administer); 路 (road, path); 次 (of, one of); 仁 (benevolence); 史 (history, record); 児 (child, young);司 (to take charge, rule); 爾 (you, that way, like this); and likely other meanings depending on the kanji used. Ken can also be used as a given name on its own.
Kazuya is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used. It’s made up of Japanese elements kazu meaning 一 “one”, 和 “harmony, peace”, 冬 “winter”; 万 “ten thousand”; 三 “three”; and ya meaning 八 “eight”; 矢 “arrow”; 也 “to be, also, too”; 哉 (a final exclamatory particle that has no particular meaning); 優 “excellent, outstanding, kind, tenderness”; 弥 “extensive, full, complete”; 夜 “night”; though there are likely other meanings as well. Kazu can also be used as given name on its own, becoming a unisex name.
Knox comes from a Scottish surname meaning “hillock” or “round hill” from Old Irish cnoc (hill, round hill), a habitational surname referring to someone who lived near a hilltop.
Origin: Old Irish
Ksenia is the Polish form of Xenia, a Greek female name meaning “hospitality” from Greek xenos (foreigner, guest). In ancient Greece, xenia was the Greek concept of hospitality towards strangers or friends. It was even an important aspect to the Greek gods, one of the epithets accorded to the god Zeus being Zeus Xenios, the protector of guests and the patron of hospitality who will avenge any wrongdoing done to guests by their hosts.
- Xenia (Ancient Greek)
- Xene (Ancient Greek)
- Zenia (English form of Xenia)
- Oxana (Russian, Ukrainian)
- Kseniya (Russian)
- Aksinya (Russian)
- Ksenija (Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Slovene)
- Senja (Finnish)
- Oksana (Ukrainian)
Kiera is a variant spelling of Kira which is also another spelling of Ciara, the feminine form of Ciar, an Irish masculine name meaning “black”, referring to someone who had black hair or had a darker complexion.
Keyne is the English form of Welsh feminine name Cain which means “beautiful, lovely” in Welsh (no relation to the Biblical Cain).
- Ceinwen (Welsh)