Kit

Kit originated as a nickname for Christopher (the English form of Greek Christophoros meaning “bearing Christ” from Greek pheros (to carry, to bear, to bring) and Greek given name Christos meaning “anointed”) or Katherine (the English form of 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…

Kirby

Kirby comes from an English surname, a habitational name for someone who lived near a place called Kirby or Kirkby. It’s made up form Old Norse kirkja (church) and býr (settlement) essentially meaning “church settlement”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Kerby (English) Kirbee (English) Kirbie (English)  

Kelsey

Kelsey comes from an English surname via a place name, the name of several towns in Lincolnshire, England. The meaning of the name seems to be uncertain as I’ve seen two different meanings for it: the first is that it could mean “Ceol’s island”, made up from Old English elements ceol (ship) and eg (island); I’ve also seen…

Kendall

Kendall comes from an English surname, a locational name with two possible origins. The first is that it comes from the name of a town in Cumbria, England, originally recorded as Kirkby Kendal meaning “church by the valley of the River Kent”, made up of Old Norse kelda (spring, well) and dalr (valley). It could also be an…

Kaito

Kaito is a Japanese unisex name (though far more popular for men) with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: kai 海 “sea, ocean” + to 斗 “Big Dipper; dipper, ladle” (海斗); kai 海 “sea, ocean” + to 翔“soar, fly” (海翔); kai 海 “sea, ocean” + to 人 “person” (海人); kai 海 “sea, ocean” + to 都 “metropolis, capital, all, everything” (海都); kai 魁 “charging ahead of…

Kainoa

Kainoa is a Hawaian unisex name, though far more popular for boys than girls. It means “the namesake” made up of ka (the) and inoa (name; namesake), though it’s also been interpreted as being composed of kai (sea) and noa (free of taboo; a commoner). Nainoa is a variant of the name with the same meaning. Origin: Hawaiian Variants: Nainoa…

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…

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)…

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…