Kenya

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

 

Variants:

  • Kenia (English)
  • Ken’ya (Japanese) m

 

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Kyri

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” () 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

Variants:

  • Kyrie (Ancient Greek, English)
  • Kiri (Maori, Indonesian, Malay, Maltese, Estonia, Japanese, English)
  • Kyria (Ancient Greek)

 

Male forms:

  • Kyrios (Ancient Greek)
  • Kyriakos (Ancient Greek)

 

Kelly

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”.

Origin: Gaelic

Female forms:

  • Kelley
  • Kelli
  • Kellie
  • Kelleigh

 

Male forms:

  • Kelley
  • Ceallach (Irish)
  • Ceallagh (Irish)
  • Ceallachán (Irish)

 

Kaoru

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”.

Origin: Japanese