K names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names

Kirk

Kirk comes from an English and Scottish surname meaning "church", a topographic name for someone who lived near one. It comes from Old Norse kirkja (church) via Proto-Germanic *kirikǭ (church) which seems to be derived from Ancient Greek kuriakón (church) via kū́rios (lord) derived from PIE root word *keuə- (to swell, spread out, strong, powerful, prevail; vault, swell). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Kirke (English)  

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Female, K names, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Kimberly

Kimberly in an English given name derived from a place name. The second element of the name comes from Old English leah meaning "wood, clearing, meadow" while the first part comes from Old English given names Cyneburga (royal fortress), Cynebald (royal, bold) or Cynemaer (royal, famous), so Kimberly means "Cyneburga's wood/clearing", "Cynebald's wood/clearing" or "Cynemaer's wood/clearing". It… Continue reading Kimberly

Battle/War, Celtic, K names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh

Kimball

Kimball is a male name derived from an English surname which either derives from Cynbel, an Ancient Celtic name meaning "war chief" or "chief of war" from Old Welsh cyn (chief) and bel (war); or it could be derived from Old English Cynebald meaning "brave royal" from Old English cyne (royal, kingly) derived from a PIE root word, and beald (bold, brave). Nicknames: Kim… Continue reading Kimball

Female, K names, Male, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex

Kennedy

Kennedy comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Ó Cinnéidigh meaning "descendant of Ceannéidigh’", the latter meaning "ugly head" or "misshapen head" composed from Irish elements ceann (head) and éidigh (ugly, misshapen), though I've also seen the second element as possibly being derived from éide meaning "armor, helmet, clothing" so the name may also mean "armor headed". Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Kenadie (English)… Continue reading Kennedy

K names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Kevin

Kevin is the anglicized form of Irish Caoimhín which derives from an older form, Cóemgein meaning "gentle birth" or "handsome birth" from Old Irish elements cóem (kind, gentle, handsome)and gein (birth) both of which derive from a PIE root word. Kevin is also an Irish surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Kevyn (English) Kevan (Irish) Kevon (English) Cefin… Continue reading Kevin

Ancient Greek, Coptic, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, Joy, K names, Male, Mythology, Nickname names, Norse, Numbers, Old Norse, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Kati

Kati (pr. kah-tee) is a variant spelling of Káti, an Old Norse male name meaning "merry, cheerful" from Old Norse kátr (jolly, merry, cheerful, glad). Kati is also a Finnish, Estonian, and Hungarian short form of Katariina (Finnish, Estonian) and Katalin (Hungarian, Basque) which both derive from Katherine, the English form of Greek Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is not certain. It could be derived from… Continue reading Kati

Black/Dark, Color, Female, K names, Light, Male, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Sanskrit, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Kiran

Kiran is an Indian unisex name meaning "dust", "thread", or "ray of light" from Sanskrit kirana (ray of light, beam). It could also be a variant spelling of Kieran, the anglicized form of Irish Ciarán, meaning “black, dark” from Irish Ciar with the diminutive suffix -an, so the name essentially means “little dark one”, likely in reference to someone who had dark hair.… Continue reading Kiran

K names, Male, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names

Kenton

Kenton comes from an English surname derived from a place name meaning "Coena's settlement" or King's settlement"- the second element of the name comes from Old English tun (settlement, farm, enclosure) while the first part of the name comes from an Old English given name, Coena or Cena, which may be derived from Old English cyne meaning "royal, kingly"… Continue reading Kenton

Black/Dark, Color, K names, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names

Kier

Kier (pr. keer) comes from a Scottish surname, a variant spelling of Kerr, a topographical surname for someone who lived near a patch of wet ground overgrown with brushwood. It comes from Old Norse kjarr meaning "brushwood" or "thicket, scrub". Kier could also be the anglicized form of Irish ceàrr meaning "left; incorrect, wrong" or from Old Irish ciar meaning "black, dark". Origin: Proto-Indo-European… Continue reading Kier

Elements, Emotion/Feelings, Ethiopian, Female, Fire, Gaelic, Japanese, K names, Kin/Family, Male, Numbers, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Kenna

Kenna is a Scottish female name, the feminine form of Kenneth, itself the anglicized form of two Gaelic names: Coinneach which derives from Gaelic caoin meaning “handsome, fair, beautiful, kind”; and Cináed meaning “born of fire”. Kenneth is also a surname derived from the given name. Kenna is also a Scottish and Irish surname deriving from the given name, as well… Continue reading Kenna

Ancient Greek, Coptic, Earth, Elements, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, Japanese, Joy, K names, Malay, Male, Mythology, Night/Evening, Numbers, Place names, Sanskrit, Surname names, Turkish, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Kaya

Kaya is a given name with a variety of meanings and origins such as: it's a Malay word meaning "wealthy" and "rich, affluent"; Kaya is a Turkish male name meaning "rock" as well as a Turkish surname derived from the same origin as the given name; Kaya could also be an elaborate form of Kay, either… Continue reading Kaya

Ancient Greek, Daemons/Spirits, Elements, Greek, Greek mythology, K names, Latvian, Male, Maori, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Virtues/Attributes, Wind/Air, Word names

Korus

Korus could be a variant spelling of Chorus, a word referring to a group of people singing in unison. It comes from Latin chorus derived from Ancient Greek khorós meaning "ring dance, round dance; band, troop" perhaps derived from a Proto-Indo-European root word of uncertain meaning, perhaps from *gher- (1) (to enclose) or *gher- (2) (to like, want). Korus is also a Latvian word,… Continue reading Korus

Black/Dark, Color, Demons, Female, Hindu mythology, K names, Male, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Sanskrit, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Kali

Kali is the name of a Hindu goddess associated with death and destruction and the consort of Shiva. The name derives from Sanskrit meaning "black, dark-colored", which also comes from the same root word as kali, which is kala meaning "time, era, age, epoch"; kali is the feminine form of kala. Kali iss also being the name of a (male) demon whose name… Continue reading Kali

Black/Dark, Color, Irish, K names, Male, Physical Attributes

Kieran

Kieran is the anglicized form of Ciarán, meaning "black, dark" from Irish Ciar with the diminutive suffix -an, so the name essentially means "little dark one", likely in reference to someone who had dark hair. Origin: Irish Variants: Ciarán (Irish) Ciaran (Irish, English) Ciar (Irish) Kieron (Irish, English) Keiren (Irish) Kyran (Irish, English) Keiran (English) Kiaran (English)   Female… Continue reading Kieran

Ancient Greek, Animals, Boar, Dutch, Gaelic, German/Germanic, K names, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Scottish, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Kyler

Kyler has two possible origins: the first is that it's a modern blend of names Kyle (a Scottish name meaning "narrows", "strait", "channel" though it may also be derived from Scottish Gaelic coille meaning “wood, forest) and Tyler, an English occupational name for someone who nailed down tiles, which comes from Ancient Greek tégos (roof, cover) derived from Proto-Indo-European root word *(s)teg- "to cover";… Continue reading Kyler

Elements, Fire, Gaelic, K names, Male, Physical Attributes, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Kenneth

Kenneth is the anglicized form of two Gaelic names: Coinneach which derives from Gaelic caoin meaning "handsome, fair, beautiful, kind"; and Cináed meaning "born of fire". Kenneth is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Ken, Kenny Origin: Gaelic Variants: Coinneach (Scottish) Cináed (Scottish, Irish) Kennith (English) Kennet (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish) Cainneach (Irish) Cionaodh (Irish) Cinioch (Irish) Ciniod… Continue reading Kenneth

K names, Male, Nature, Proto-Celtic, Surname names

Keith

Keith comes from a Scottish surname of uncertain meaning though it may be derived from Proto-Brythonic word *koɨd meaning "wood, forest", ultimately from a Proto-Celtic origin. The name may have come from an ancient Germanic tribe known as the Catti who came to Scotland in the 11th century to help the native population defend themselves against the… Continue reading Keith

African, Arthurian legends & myths, Battle/War, Chinese, Dutch, Elements, Emotion/Feelings, Estonian, Female, Greek, Hawaiian, Japanese, Joy, K names, Latin, Male, Maori, Native American, Nature, Navajo, Nickname names, Place names, Sound, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Kai

Kai is a name with various origins and meanings: it's a Hawaiian unisex name meaning "sea"; it's also a Japanese name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used, such as: (海) "sea, ocean"; (貝) "shellfish"; (快) "cheerful, pleasant, agreeable, comfortable"; (戒) "commandment", and other various meanings; as well as also being a compound of… Continue reading Kai