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Kai

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English

Etymology

Taken into regular use in the 1990s, with earlier popularity peaks in Scandinavia and Germany. The medieval Danish Kaj is possibly of Roman origin, Latinized as Caius, like the rare medieval English male given name Kay. The German Kai may also derive from a West Frisian pet form of Gerard, Cornelius, Nicholas, or Kampe "warrior". In the U.S. Kai has also been explained as Hawaiian kai "sea, sea water".

Proper noun

Singular
Kai

Plural
-

Kai

  1. A male given name of modern usage.

Danish

Proper noun

Kai

  1. A male given name, a less common spelling of Kaj.

Estonian

Proper noun

Kai

  1. A female given name, short for Kaia, Katariina ( =Catherine).

Faroese

Pronunciation

Proper noun

Kai m.

  1. A male given name, compare Kaj (more common, but Danish spelling)

Usage notes

Patronymics

  • son of Kai: Kaisson
  • daughter Kai: Kaisdóttir

Declension

Singular
Indefinite
Nominative Kai
Accusative Kai
Dative Kai
Genitive Kais

Finnish

Pronunciation

  • Hyphenation: Kai
  • Rhymes: -ɑi
  • IPA: [kɑi]

Proper noun

Kai (stem Kai-*)

  1. A male given name derived from Danish Kaj.

German

Etymology 1

Dutch kaai

Noun

Kai m

  1. quay

Etymology 2

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Taken into regular use in the 20th century; either borrowwed from Danish Kaj, or from a West Frisian baby talk form of Kaimbe , Kempe (fighter, warrior), Gerrit ( =Gerard), Cornelis (= Cornelius) and Kleis ( =Nicholas).

Proper noun

Kai [[Category:Template:lang:de proper nouns|Kai]] m., (f.)

  1. A male given name (mostly in Northern Germany)
  2. (rare) A female given name, diminutive of Katharina.
Alternative spellings

Norwegian

Proper noun

Kai

  1. A male given name derived from Danish Kaj.

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