Meaning: Victory of the People Origin: Dutch, German
The adored Kai is a Dutch and German diminutive of the name Niklaus. Niklaus originates from the Greek name Nikolaos, meaning ‘Victory of the People’. Nikolaos also bore the common English name Nicholas.
Kai is much more modern than it’s other variant forms of Nikolaos listed above, with its one syllable sound and ‘ai’ ending. But some extra stylish gems do exist in the Greek – Nikos, the Nordic – Niilo, and the Maori – Nikora.
In Dutch and German history it can also be a diminutive of Kaimbe which means ‘Warrior’.
Kai is also known to have roots in Latin, where it is a short form of Caius (from Gaius) meaning ‘Rejoicing’. It is also a full name in its own right in many other cultures including Estonian, where it means ‘Pure’, Chinese, where it means ‘Victory’, Hawaiian, where it means ‘Sea’, Greek, where it means ‘Keeper of the Keys’, Japanese, where it means ‘Forgiveness’, Navajo, where it means ‘Willow’ and Norse, where it means ‘Chicken’.
Kai also blends well with comparable names: Riley, Jai, Eli, Levi and Xi.