Kari: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Kari
Origin of the name Kari:
Transferred use of an Irish place-name, which is now in common use as a girl’s given name. Alternatively, Kerry is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Ciardha (black-haired one).
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- Comments and insights on the name Kari: | Edit
The name "Kari" can be pronounced 2 different ways. The most common way to pronounce "Kari" is the same way you pronounce "Carrie". The other way to say it would rhyme with "sorry" CAR-EE. My name is pronounced just like "Carrie". My name is Kari and people always pronounce my name as Carrie, witch I hate my name rymes with sorry Carrie is a ulgy name. Kari is way better.
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I was named Kari in California ca.1962. While I was growing up I knew one other girl and a boy each named Kerry. I have met very few people with this name in my 50 years. I have received checks from the bank that say Karl or Karil. It amazes me that such a simple name can be mispronounced so often! Sometimes I go by Karli because it is hard to mess that one up! When I was in 7th grade the horror movie Carrie came out so I was tortured with that. In an effort to make sure my daughter did not suffer such a fate I named her Danica in 1988. Of course the horror movie Danika was released so... like mother like daughter!
My name is Kari and when I was little people always joked around and made me carry things, because my name is Kari. (Kari and carry are said the same way) Also they come up with silly nick names.
My name is Kari and I have always had a miserable time with people mispronouncing it. (The monologue by the babysitter in the bonus tracks of "The Incredibles" sums it up well.) My (Norwegian) grandmother used to say it the Norwegian way, and I can't stand being called "Carrie", "Kerry", "Cory", etc. I used to tell people that the first syllable, Kar, should be pronounced like "the vehicle that you drive" -- this worked well until I visited Massachusetts, and they all said "You mean like a CAH?"
Growing up, I hated my name Kari. Why did my parents want to give me an alternative spelling? I was so irritated about it because it just makes life complicated for a child. But, I am now used to it and couldn't imagine myself as anything else. The only time it has been a very big pain was when I started collage. The university made a mistake on my record and put my name down as Karl. The day I was scheduled to move into the dorms, I realized I had been assigned to the boys' dorm. I had to bring my birth certificate to prove I was really and truly female and it took a few days to get everything corrected. What a nightmare!
- Nicknames for Kari: | Edit
- Meanings and history of the name Kari: | Edit
Norwegian diminutive of Katherine/Karin. Norwegian pronunciation is KAHR-ee.
- Famous real-life people named Kari: | Edit
Kari Byron, American artist and television personality
Kari Matchett, Canadian actress
Kari Michaelson, actress ("Gimme a Break!")
Kari Wührer, American actress
- Kari in song, story & screen: | Edit
Kari (KAHR-ee) McKeon, babysitter who must deal with baby Jack's superpowers in the movie "The Incredibles"
Kari Nordmann, the Norwegian equivalent of the "placeholder names" Jane Doe or Jane Q. Public.
"Kari Waits for Me", a very pretty song performed by the Easy Riders in the 1958 film "The Windjammer".