Keegan comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Mac Aodhagáin, meaning “son of Aodhagán”, the latter a pet diminutive (or sort of nickname) for Aodh, a male given name meaning “fire” from Old Irish Áed deriving from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eydʰ- (to burn, kindle; fire).
- Keagan (English)
- Kegan (English)
- Egan (English)
- Eagan (English)
Kenya is the name of a country in Africa named after Mount Kenya. The origin of the name itself is not clear-
- it could be a corruption of the Kikuyu, Embu, and Kamba words Kirinyaga, Kirenyaa and Kiinyaa which mean “God’s resting place” in all three languages. The mountain represents an important aspect within their cultures, believing it was where God lived;
- it may also come from Kukuyu kere nyaga meaning “white mountain” or “mountain of whiteness”;
- it could be derived from Akamba kiima kya kenia meaning “the mountain that shines”, kenia being the Akamba word for “shine” or “glitter”;
- it may also be from the Ameru word kirimira which translates to “mountain with white features”;
- it may also be translated from Kikuyu to “the place with ostriches”.
Kenya is also a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as:
- “healthy; health; strength; persistence + to be” (健也)
- “healthy; health; strength; persistence + how; what; alas; question mark” (健哉)
- “healthy; health; strength; persistence + all the more; increasingly” (健弥)
- “healthy; health; strength; persistence + dart, arrow” (健矢)
- “healthy; health; strength; persistence + question mark” (健耶)
- “concurrently; and; beforehand; in advance + to be” (兼也)
Written in hiragana it’s けんや (Ken’ya).
Origin: Kikuyu, Embu, Kamba, Akamba, Japanese
- Kenia (English)
- Ken’ya (Japanese) m
Kenan (pr. kee-nan) is a Hebrew male name possibly meaning “possession” in Hebrew, though it’s possible that it comes from the same root word as Cain either derived from a Hebrew root word qanah meaning “acquired” or “acquisition”, or from qayin meaning “spear” or “smith”.
Kenan might also possibly be an anglicized spelling of Cianán, an Irish male diminutive of Cían meaning “ancient” from Old Irish cían (long, distant, lasting). As a surname, Kenan orignates from Cianán.
Origin: Hebrew, Irish
- Keenan (English)
- Cían (Irish)
- Cian (Irish, English)
- Cianan (Irish, English)
- Cianán (Irish, English)
- Kainan (Biblical Greek)
- Keinan (Biblical Hebrew)
- Cainan (Biblical Latin)
Koda is not an easy name to find much information on. It could be a Native American male name meaning “the allies, friends”, a short form or a variant form of Dakota. Koda is also a Japanese surname with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used, such as:
- “country+ borough, urban prefecture, storehouse, govt. office, representative body + rice field, rice paddy” (國府田);
- “armor, high (voice), carapace, shell, A grade, first class, former, instep + rice field, rice paddy” (甲田);
- “happiness, luck + rice field, rice paddy” (倖田);
- “happiness, blessing, fortune + rice field, rice paddy” (幸田);
- “incense, smell, perfume + rice field, rice paddy” (香田);
- “going, journey, line (of text), row, bank + rice field, rice paddy”; and likely other meanings depending on the kanji used. Also spelled Kouda and Kouta and Kōd.
Koda could also be a variant spelling of Coda which comes from Latin meaning “tail”
Origin: Native American, Japanese, Latin
Kyri (pr. kee-ree or kye-ree) could be a variant spelling of Kyrie, which comes from the Greek phrase Kyrie eleison meaning “Lord, have mercy”, the vocative form of Kyrios meaning “lord” or “master”. It could also be another form of Kiri, a Maori female name meaning “peel”, “skin” or “bark, rind” referring to the “bark of a tree” as well as an Indonesian and Malay word meaning “left”. Kiri is also a Maltese word meaning “hire” or “rental”, an Estonian word meaning “writing”, “letter”, “script”, as well as a Japanese female name meaning “pear tree” (樹梨) or “fog, mist” (霧) though there are other meanings depending on the kanji used. It’s also the word for the paulownia tree (桐). Kyri is also a surname, likely derived from the Greek meaning of the name.
Origin: Greek, Maori, Indonesian, Malay, Maltese, Estonian, Japanese
- Kyrie (Ancient Greek, English)
- Kiri (Maori, Indonesian, Malay, Maltese, Estonia, Japanese, English)
- Kyria (Ancient Greek)
- Kyrios (Ancient Greek)
- Kyriakos (Ancient Greek)
Kawkab comes from the Arabic word for “planet” and “star” though in modern Arabic the word is mainly used to refer to a planet.
Kelly comes from a surname, an anglicized form of Ó Ceallaigh meaning “descendant of Ceallach”, Ceallach being an Irish given name of uncertain meaning though possible meanings attributed to it are “bright-headed” or perhaps coming from Irish ceallach “war, strife, contention” or Irish ceall meaning “church”. Kelly could also be derived from Scottish Gaelic coille meaning “wooded area” and “grove, forest, woodland”.
- Ceallach (Irish)
- Ceallagh (Irish)
- Ceallachán (Irish)
Kwame is a Ghanian male name meaning “born on a Saturday” in the language of Akan, given to a firstborn son born on a Saturday.
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.