Kaia Name Meaning & Origin

Kaia

Pronunciation: KIY-ə (key)

Origin of the name Kaia:

Derived from the Hawaiian kai (the sea).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Kaja, Kaya

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My name is Kaia, and people always mispronounce my name or misspell it, although I do like my name. My family is of Greek and Máori origins. In Greek, Kaia means "from the earth," and in Máori it means "to steal or thieve." So my mum called me Kaia because they said that I would steal many hearts and I was born on the beach, which doesn’t make any sense to me, but what can you do?

We named our daughter Kaia after spending a lot of time trying to find the perfect name. We got it from a Greek ghost town in Turkey we visited called KATAKAYA, but the locals just call it KAYA. We changed the spelling because we thought it was more creative. We got lucky on the middle name of Jeanne because my mom, my husband's mother, and I all share the very British middle name. I still love the name!

One of my best friends name is Kaia. She is quiet and suuuper nice. :)

Our daughter's name is Kaia Nicole, and I still love it. We get lots of compliments on the uniqueness of this name, which is what we were looking for. When I delivered her, the doctor told me that Kaia is also Hindu and means "good creation." At 7, my daughter is the only Kaia in her school, and we've only met a few people who know other Kaias. Gorgeous name!

My name is also Kaia Nicole. I'm successful and awesome, and I wish the same for your daughter. :-)

My daughter's name is Kaia Lea Sky Ryder. I went with Kaia because it was the only name my boyfriend and I could agree on. I stumbled across Kai, which is Navajo for "willow tree." I had seen Kaya in of a video game but didn't want to name her after a video game. So I added an a and went with Kaia. Her nickname started as Kai Pie, but Kai Pie sounded like cow pie, so it morphed into Kaia Papaya. Kaia is a really good name for being changeable. By adding a middle name that goes well with it, you give your daughter a plethora of choices to fit her personality. That was important to me because I hated my name growing up and changed it when I was 23. So if Kaia was more feminine she could be KaiaLea, pronounced Lee-uh. Or if she was more tomboyish she had Kai. Kaia also fits an artistic personality well. It tuned out her name fits her very well. She's creative, artistic, and sensitive. She tends towards moodiness and negativity. Everyone agrees that Kaia fits her well.

My cousin and his partner named their daughter Kaiyah. She is now almost 2 years old and a mischevous little rascal!!

I know somebody named Kaija. It's a pretty name, in my opinion.

My name is Kaia! It gets mispronounced a lot. :(

Nicknames for Kaia: | Edit

Kye, Ki Ki, Kai, Kai-Kai, KK

Meanings and history of the name Kaia: | Edit

In addition to the Hawaiian origin above, Kaia is also a form of the Scandinavian name Kaja.
Kaia is also a derivation of Gaia (Greek for earth).
Kaia is not the feminine form of the the Hawaiian word for "sea" (kai).
Hawaiian = Depending on diacritical marks it can mean "fast asleep" or "swing" or "to cluster together."
"Kaya" in Tagalog (Filipino) means "ability, strength, power, influence."

Famous real-life people named Kaia: | Edit

Kaia Kanepi, Estonian tennis player
Kaia Wilson, musician
Model Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber have a daughter who's a model named Kaia Gerber.

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After naming my daughter Kaia I found out that a song that I loathed was sung by an artist Khia-pronounced Ki-uh. I hated that song and a friend used to sing it all the time. If you don't know the song it's the "My neck, my back, my ______ & my _____", song. It's just horrible. I'm no prude but it's just so classless. If I had known I wouldn't have named my daughter Kaia. So I'm glad I didn't know because it's suits her well.

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