K Names – Baby names starting with K

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Kaitlin

Meaning of the Irish name Kaitlin. Listen and learn how to pronounce Kaitlin so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish girl name.

MEANING: These are recent spellings of the name Caitlin.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Kaitlin Kaitlyn Kaytlin

PRONUNCIATION: kate + linn”

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Kalin

Meaning of the name Kalin. Listen and learn how to pronounce Kalin so you can get the correct pronunciation for this girl name.

MEANING: caol ”slender” and fionn ”white, fair, pure.” Several saints were Caoilainn and one was described as “a pious lady who quickly won the esteem and affection of her sister nuns by her exactness to every duty, as also by her sweet temper, gentle, confiding disposition and unaffected piety.”

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Kalin Caoilainn

PRONUNCIATION: kay + linn”

ENGLISH: Kalin

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Karan

Meaning of the name Karan. Listen and learn how to pronounce Karan so you can get the correct pronunciation for this girl name.

MEANING: From the Gaelic cara + the diminutive -in meaning “little friend or little beloved.” Caireann Chasdubh (“Cairenn of the Dark Curly Hair”) was the mother of the legendary warrior Niall of the Nine Hostages (read the legend) and thus was the maternal ancestor of the high kings of Ireland.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Karan Caireann Cairenn Ciaran

PRONUNCIATION: care + in”

ENGLISH: Karan

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Karen

Meaning of the name Karen. Listen and learn how to pronounce Karen so you can get the correct pronunciation for this girl name.

MEANING: From the Gaelic cara + the diminutive -in meaning “little friend or little beloved.” Caireann Chasdubh (“Cairenn of the Dark Curly Hair”) was the mother of the legendary warrior Niall of the Nine Hostages (read the legend) and thus was the maternal ancestor of the high kings of Ireland.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Karen Caireann Cairenn Ciaran

PRONUNCIATION: care + in”

ENGLISH: Karen

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Kathleen

Meaning of the name Kathleen. Listen and learn how to pronounce Kathleen so you can get the correct pronunciation for this girl name.

MEANING: Devotion to St. Catherine came to Ireland with Christianity. Revered for her courage and purity, Catherine in the Irish form, Cathleen, became such a popular name that W. B. Yeats chose it for the heroine of his 1899 play “The Countess Cathleen” which was inspired by an Irish folktale. In a time of famine the Devil offers food to the starving poor in exchange for their souls. But Cathleen convinces Satan to take her soul instead. When she dies the Devil comes to collect her soul but God intervenes and carries Cathleen to heaven, saying that “such a sacrificial act cannot justly lead to evil consequences.”

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Kathleen Caitlin Cathleen

PRONUNCIATION: koit + leen” “kath + leen”

ENGLISH: Kathleen

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Keela

Meaning of the Irish name Keela. Listen and learn how to pronounce Keela so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish girl name.

MEANING: The word cadhla means beautiful and implies “a beauty that only poetry can capture.”

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Keela Kyla

PRONUNCIATION: kee + la” “kie + la”

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Keelin

Meaning of the name Keelin. Listen and learn how to pronounce Keelin so you can get the correct pronunciation for this girl name.

MEANING: caol ”slender” and fionn ”white, fair, pure.” Several saints were Caoilainn and one was described as “a pious lady who quickly won the esteem and affection of her sister nuns by her exactness to every duty, as also by her sweet temper, gentle, confiding disposition and unaffected piety.”

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Keelin Caoilainn

PRONUNCIATION: kay + linn”

ENGLISH: Keelin

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Keera

Meaning of the name Keera. Listen and learn how to pronounce Keera so you can get the correct pronunciation for this girl name.

MEANING: The feminine form of Ciaran, from the Irish ciar meaning “dark” and implies “dark hair and brown eyes.” St. Ciara was a distinguished seventh-century figure who established a monastery at Kilkeary in County Tipperary. It was the fourth most popular baby girl name in Ireland in 2003.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Keera Ciara

PRONUNCIATION: kee + ra”

ENGLISH: Keera

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Keeva

Meaning of the name Keeva. Listen and learn how to pronounce Keeva so you can get the correct pronunciation for this girl name.

MEANING: From caomh ”gentle, beautiful, precious.” The same root as Kevin, the name has become very popular in Ireland with the original Irish spelling. In 2003 it was the twelfth most popular Irish girl name for baby girls.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Keeva Caoimhe

PRONUNCIATION: kee + va”

ENGLISH: Keeva

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Keira

Meaning of the name Keira. Listen and learn how to pronounce Keira so you can get the correct pronunciation for this girl name.

MEANING: The feminine form of Ciaran, from the Irish ciar meaning “dark” and implies “dark hair and brown eyes.” St. Ciara was a distinguished seventh-century figure who established a monastery at Kilkeary in County Tipperary. It was the fourth most popular baby girl name in Ireland in 2003.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Keira Ciara

PRONUNCIATION: kee + ra”

ENGLISH: Keira

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Kerry

Meaning of the Irish name Kerry. Listen and learn how to pronounce Kerry so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish girl name.

MEANING: ciar means “dark” and probably implies “dark hair and brown eyes.” County Kerry means “the land of the descendant of Ciar” who was the love-child of the High King Fergus Mac Roth and the legendary Queen Maebh.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Kerry

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Kane

Meaning of the name Kane. Listen and learn how to pronounce Kane so you can get the correct pronunciation for this boy name.

MEANING: From cian “”ancient, enduring.”” In legend Cian Mac Mael Muad was the son-in-law of Brian Boru (read the legend) who led the armies from the province of Munster to victory over the invading Vikings at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014, a battle in which both he and Brian were killed. Cian was the eighth most popular Irish boys name in Ireland in 2003.

GENDER: Boy | Male

IRISH NAME: Kane Cian Kian

PRONUNCIATION: “key + in”

ENGLISH: Kane

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Keva

Meaning of the name Keva. Listen and learn how to pronounce Keva so you can get the correct pronunciation for this girl name.

MEANING: From caomh ”gentle, beautiful, precious.” The same root as Kevin, the name has become very popular in Ireland with the original Irish spelling. In 2003 it was the twelfth most popular Irish girl name for baby girls.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Keva Caoimhe

PRONUNCIATION: kee + va”

ENGLISH: Keva

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Kira

Meaning of the name Kira. Listen and learn how to pronounce Kira so you can get the correct pronunciation for this girl name.

MEANING: The feminine form of Ciaran, from the Irish ciar meaning “dark” and implies “dark hair and brown eyes.” St. Ciara was a distinguished seventh-century figure who established a monastery at Kilkeary in County Tipperary. It was the fourth most popular baby girl name in Ireland in 2003.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Kira Ciara

PRONUNCIATION: kee + ra”

ENGLISH: Kira

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Kean

Meaning of the name Kean. Listen and learn how to pronounce Kean so you can get the correct pronunciation for this boy name.

MEANING: From cian “”ancient, enduring.”” In legend Cian Mac Mael Muad was the son-in-law of Brian Boru (read the legend) who led the armies from the province of Munster to victory over the invading Vikings at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014, a battle in which both he and Brian were killed. Cian was the eighth most popular Irish boys name in Ireland in 2003.

GENDER: Boy | Male

IRISH NAME: Kean Cian Kian

PRONUNCIATION: “key + in”

ENGLISH: Kean

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Kyna

Meaning of the Irish name Kyna. Listen and learn how to pronounce Kyna so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish girl name.

MEANING: From cion “love, affection, esteem.”

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Kyna

PRONUNCIATION: key + na”

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Keane

Meaning of the name Keane. Listen and learn how to pronounce Keane so you can get the correct pronunciation for this boy name.

MEANING: From cian “”ancient, enduring.”” In legend Cian Mac Mael Muad was the son-in-law of Brian Boru (read the legend) who led the armies from the province of Munster to victory over the invading Vikings at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014, a battle in which both he and Brian were killed. Cian was the eighth most popular Irish boys name in Ireland in 2003.

GENDER: Boy | Male

IRISH NAME: Keane Cian Kian

PRONUNCIATION: “key + in”

ENGLISH: Keane

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Keevan

Meaning of the name Keevan. Listen and learn how to pronounce Keevan so you can get the correct pronunciation for this boy name.

MEANING: In Irish cabhan means “”grassy hill”” or “”hollow”” and is the name of the Ulster county Cavan.

GENDER: Boy | Male

IRISH NAME: Keevan Cabhan

PRONUNCIATION: “kav + an”

ENGLISH: Keevan

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Keiran

Meaning of the name Keiran. Listen and learn how to pronounce Keiran so you can get the correct pronunciation for this boy name.

MEANING: ciar “”dark”” and the diminutive -in it means “”little dark one.”” Popular for over 1500 years, at least 26 saints have borne the name. The most notable, St. Ciaran of Clonmacnoise (c. 530 AD), was the son of a carpenter who studied with St. Enda for seven years and went on to establish a monastery at Clonmacnoise, on the banks of the River Shannon in County Westmeath. It became a major spiritual and educational center and despite being plundered by the Vikings and the English, remained a major religious center until the 1550s.

GENDER: Boy | Male

IRISH NAME: Keiran Ciaran

PRONUNCIATION: “keer + awn” or “keer + in”

ENGLISH: Keiran

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Kenneth

Meaning of the name Kenneth. Listen and learn how to pronounce Kenneth so you can get the correct pronunciation for this boy name.

MEANING: coinneach “”attractive person,”” “”pleasant person.”” A sixth-century Irish missionary St. Canice founded churches in Ireland, Scotland and Wales. As Coinneach he gave his name to the town of Kilkenny, Cill Coinneach “”Coinneach’s Church.””

GENDER: Boy | Male

IRISH NAME: Kenneth Canice Coinneach

PRONUNCIATION: “can + iss” or “ko + in + ock”

ENGLISH: Kenneth

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Kenny

Meaning of the name Kenny. Listen and learn how to pronounce Kenny so you can get the correct pronunciation for this boy name.

MEANING: coinneach “”attractive person,”” “”pleasant person.”” A sixth-century Irish missionary St. Canice founded churches in Ireland, Scotland and Wales. As Coinneach he gave his name to the town of Kilkenny, Cill Coinneach “”Coinneach’s Church.””

GENDER: Boy | Male

IRISH NAME: Kenny Canice Coinneach

PRONUNCIATION: “can + iss” or “ko + in + ock”

ENGLISH: Kenny

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Kevan

Meaning of the name Kevan. Listen and learn how to pronounce Kevan so you can get the correct pronunciation for this boy name.

MEANING: In Irish cabhan means “”grassy hill”” or “”hollow”” and is the name of the Ulster county Cavan.

GENDER: Boy | Male

IRISH NAME: Kevan Cabhan

PRONUNCIATION: “kav + an”

ENGLISH: Kevan

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Kevin

Meaning of the Irish name Kevin. Listen and learn how to pronounce Kevin so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish boy name.

MEANING: Means “”gentle child”” or “”well born.”” St. Kevin founded a great monastery at Glendalough in County Wicklow in the seventh century. Noted as a man who wasn’t always comfortable in the company of other human beings, he was very much at home with the animals. One story tells that while Kevin was praying a blackbird came and nested in his hand. He remained at prayer, motionless, until the eggs had hatched. In another story, when he dropped his psalter in a lake an otter came by and retrieved it. The name is still very popular in Ireland.

GENDER: Boy | Male

IRISH NAME: Kevin Kevan

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Kieran

Meaning of the name Kieran. Listen and learn how to pronounce Kieran so you can get the correct pronunciation for this boy name.

MEANING: ciar “”dark”” and the diminutive -in it means “”little dark one.”” Popular for over 1500 years, at least 26 saints have borne the name. The most notable, St. Ciaran of Clonmacnoise (c. 530 AD), was the son of a carpenter who studied with St. Enda for seven years and went on to establish a monastery at Clonmacnoise, on the banks of the River Shannon in County Westmeath. It became a major spiritual and educational center and despite being plundered by the Vikings and the English, remained a major religious center until the 1550s.

GENDER: Boy | Male

IRISH NAME: Kieran Ciaran

PRONUNCIATION: “keer + awn” or “keer + in”

ENGLISH: Kieran

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Kieron

Meaning of the name Kieron. Listen and learn how to pronounce Kieron so you can get the correct pronunciation for this boy name.

MEANING: ciar “”dark”” and the diminutive -in it means “”little dark one.”” Popular for over 1500 years, at least 26 saints have borne the name. The most notable, St. Ciaran of Clonmacnoise (c. 530 AD), was the son of a carpenter who studied with St. Enda for seven years and went on to establish a monastery at Clonmacnoise, on the banks of the River Shannon in County Westmeath. It became a major spiritual and educational center and despite being plundered by the Vikings and the English, remained a major religious center until the 1550s.

GENDER: Boy | Male

IRISH NAME: Kieron Ciaran

PRONUNCIATION: “keer + awn” or “keer + in”

ENGLISH: Kieron

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Killian

Meaning of the name Killian. Listen and learn how to pronounce Killian so you can get the correct pronunciation for this boy name.

MEANING: cille means “”associated with the church.”” One St. Cillian left Ireland in about 650 AD with eleven companions and carried out his missionary work in the Rhine region of Germany where he became Bishop of Wurzburg after converting the local lord, Duke Gosbert of Wurzburg, to Christianity. Later Duke Gosbert married Geilana, his brother’s widow and Cillian declared the marriage invalid. While Gosbert was away on a military expedition, Geilana had Cillian beheaded when she found that Gosbert was going to leave her because their marriage was forbidden by the Church. The city of Wurzburg still celebrates a festival of mystery plays each year, known as Killianfest.

GENDER: Boy | Male

IRISH NAME: Killian Cillian

PRONUNCIATION: “kil + e + an”

ENGLISH: Killian

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