Kai Name Gender

Is Kai a boys name or a girls name? Find out here.

Since 1910, 89.4% of babies named Kai were boys.

In 2018, 92.8% of babies named Kai were boys.

Based on data from The United States Social Security Administration.


Infographic of Kai name meaning, which is Kai is a Polynesian name meaning sea.
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Kai Name Popularity

How popular is the name Kai? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Kai was the 113th most popular boys name, representing 0.2484% of boy births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Kai has been the 515th most popular boys name, representing 0.0249% of boy births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 0 0%
1911 0 0%
1912 0 0%
1913 0 0%
1914 0 0%
1915 0 0%
1916 0 0%
1917 0 0%
1918 0 0%
1919 0 0%
1920 0 0%
1921 0 0%
1922 0 0%
1923 0 0%
1924 0 0%
1925 0 0%
1926 0 0%
1927 0 0%
1928 0 0%
1929 0 0%
1930 0 0%
1931 0 0%
1932 0 0%
1933 0 0%
1934 0 0%
1935 0 0%
1936 0 0%
1937 0 0%
1938 0 0%
1939 0 0%
1940 0 0%
1941 0 0%
1942 0 0%
1943 0 0%
1944 0 0%
1945 0 0%
1946 0 0%
1947 0 0%
1948 0 0%
1949 0 0%
1950 0 0%
1951 0 0%
1952 0 0%
1953 0 0%
1954 1,580 5 0.0003%
1955 1,551 5 0.0003%
1956 0 0%
1957 1,447 6 0.0003%
1958 0 0%
1959 0 0%
1960 1,331 8 0.0004%
1961 0 0%
1962 0 0%
1963 1,118 15 0.0008%
1964 1,459 6 0.0003%
1965 1,362 7 0.0004%
1966 1,074 16 0.001%
1967 1,192 10 0.0007%
1968 1,171 13 0.0009%
1969 1,076 19 0.0012%
1970 1,203 16 0.001%
1971 1,437 9 0.0006%
1972 1,183 16 0.0012%
1973 1,815 5 0.0004%
1974 1,128 20 0.0015%
1975 1,069 25 0.0019%
1976 1,175 19 0.0015%
1977 1,218 19 0.0014%
1978 1,015 32 0.0024%
1979 969 42 0.003%
1980 1,019 37 0.0025%
1981 1,044 35 0.0024%
1982 968 45 0.003%
1983 1,076 33 0.0022%
1984 1,006 37 0.0025%
1985 948 50 0.0033%
1986 1,038 40 0.0026%
1987 928 58 0.0038%
1988 1,080 44 0.0028%
1989 850 90 0.0056%
1990 945 75 0.0045%
1991 915 86 0.0053%
1992 819 113 0.0071%
1993 845 110 0.0071%
1994 741 150 0.0098%
1995 532 319 0.0212%
1996 612 242 0.0162%
1997 581 271 0.0183%
1998 543 324 0.0216%
1999 479 427 0.0285%
2000 405 575 0.0376%
2001 373 677 0.0449%
2002 278 1,075 0.0717%
2003 265 1,190 0.0782%
2004 251 1,293 0.0848%
2005 240 1,385 0.0906%
2006 237 1,436 0.0917%
2007 251 1,378 0.0873%
2008 229 1,587 0.1027%
2009 214 1,736 0.1161%
2010 205 1,719 0.1193%
2011 202 1,760 0.1235%
2012 193 1,930 0.1354%
2013 198 1,965 0.138%
2014 177 2,395 0.1644%
2015 145 2,838 0.1951%
2016 144 2,883 0.2%
2017 128 3,112 0.223%
2018 113 3,412 0.2484%

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Names Like Kai

If you like Kai, you’ll love these other names like Kai.


What names are variants of Kai?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Kai.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Kaj

Keeper of the keys; earth

Welsh

Keh

Keeper of the keys; earth; happy, rejoicing

Welsh

Kye

Keeper of the keys; earth; narrow, straight

Welsh

#733 (0.0188%)  

What names sound like Kai?

If you like how Kai sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Kai.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Cai

Rejoice; happy, rejoice

Latin

#1,823 (0.0017%)  
Caio

Rejoice; happy, rejoice

Latin

#2,389 (0.0007%)  
Gay

Lively, high-spirited; son of the fair-skinned one

Irish

Kauai

Polynesian

Kawai

Polynesian

Kaye

Rejoice; happy, rejoice

Latin

Key

English


Lists With Kai

Find inspiration in these baby boy name lists featuring the name Kai.


Siblings of Kai

Mamas with kids named Kai also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Maryn

From the sea

Latin

#1,852 (0.0028%)  
Lily

Lily flower

English

#31 (0.4153%)  
Leo

Lion

Latin

#50 (0.4891%)  

8 Comments

  1. my sons name is kai ?

  2. Don’t dislike anything about this name!
    When I found it it just felt right and like magic, then I looked up meanings and found it has like 50 different meanings around the world and they are all positive. Sounds like good vibes to me ?

  3. We were living in Hawaii when we conceived so Kai was picked because it is Hawaiian. It means “ocean” so we thought it was a perfect fit. It also happened to be the last name of our pastor at our church!

  4. We wanted a name that had water symbolism. I think the name suits my sons personality and his appearance. There were many attributes behind the meaning of his name that I wanted my child to have.

  5. The name came to me while swimming in the ocean very early in my pregnancy.
    After looking into it the name meant ocean in Hawaii. My name is also from Hawaii. We did not know the sex but I had a strong feeling I was having a boy. Although I may have kept the name boy or girl.

  6. We chose Kai because it means ocean and my husband and I love vacationing to Aruba for the crystal blue waters.

  7. I love this name. I’ve heard it on a few shows and it was close to my moms name Kim.

  8. We chose Kai because it means ocean. We are beach people, and loved the connection the the ocean. Also, his twin sister’s name means sea and we loved that their names shared some meaning.


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