Kali: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Kali

Kali

Pronunciation: KAH-lee (key)

Origin of the name Kali:

Derived from the Sanskrit kālī (the black one). The name is borne by the wife of Shiva in her fierce form, Ma Kali (Black Mother). She dances the cosmic dance, which unfolds on the plane of the human soul, and is responsible for destroying those aspects of one's character that stand in the way of finding one's true identity.

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My name is Kali. I am now 27 and I absolutely LOVE my name. I feel the meaning behind it is empowering, as the goddess is a VERY strong female character. When I was a baby though, my mom took me to a pediatrician who was Hindu and he refused to treat me because of the name, a story I love to tell lol. It has been pronounced differently though, for me my whole life it has been pronounced Cali, like the short form of Cali-fornia.

Mine is very similar to the above! I'm a Kali (pronounced the same way) born in '78, and I've always loved my name as well. I've only met a few others, but none who spell it the same way. I've also identified with the goddess Kali, and it's a great point of reference for the history of the name.

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Kals, Lee, Kalifornia, Kalipso, KK, Kal

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Famous real-life people named Kali: | Edit

Kali Rocha, actress

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In the movie Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, they are worshiping and sacrificing to the Goddess Kali, and chanting her name.

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