Kai Name Meaning & Origin
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This is a male given name throughout the western world. While overwhelmingly masculine, it is on very rare occasion used by girls in the U.S. (typically as a nickname for the feminine name Kaia or Kaya). Elsewhere throughout the western world, it is strictly a male name and particularly common and popular in Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Norway, Denmark, Austria, England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland where it has been used for generations. Additionally, in Asia, it is a male given name and most popular and prominent in China where it means “Victory,” but is also used as a male name in Japan and Korea.
The female version of this name is Kaia or Kaiya.
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Kai: Finnish "Rejoice, Hawaiian " Ocean"/"Water, often added with another name, for example, "Kai Noa" or "kai Holo," (in Hawaiian).
It can also be a nickname for the feminine "Kaja" in Swedish, or from the masculine "Gaius" in German, Dutch and Finnish.
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Kai Ryssdal- Host of Marketplace
Kai Siegbahn - Nobel prize winning physicist
Kai Bird - Pulitzer Prize winning author
Kai Havertz - German professional footballer for Bayer Leverkusen
Kai Mahler - professional big air skier and X games gold medalist
Kai Reus - Dutch professional cyclist
Kai Lenny - Professional surfer
Kai Owen - Welsh actor
Kai Otton- professional surfer
Kai Rooney - son of Wayne Rooney, Manchester United Striker and former English National team captain
Kai Robben - son of Bayern Munich star and Dutch International Captain, Arjen Robben
Kai Kompany - son of Manchester City captain, Vincent Kompany
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