Baby Names: Names Starting with K


KEZIA: From the Hebrew for "cinnamon." Relatives: Keesha, Keziah, Ketzia, Kezzy, Keisha, Keishia, Keshia, Lakeisha. Namesake: Keshia Knight Pulliam.

KIERAN: Irish Gaelic for "dark one." A deeply Irish name, Kieran melds nicely with an "O" surname. Relatives: Kieron, Key, Kerwin, Kirwin, Kerry, Kern, Kerr, Ceirnin, Carra, Ciaran. Namesakes: Kieron Moore, John Kieran.

KILLIAN: Irish Gaelic for "fighter," "cell," or "strife." A kill, in Dutch, is a small channel of water. It is often used in place names such as Catskill. Relatives: Kilian, Kelian. Namesakes: Killian's Red beer.

KIM: Old English for "chief." Rudyard Kipling's novel Kim tells the story of orphan Kimball O'Hara who joins a holy man in his treks through India. Kim is also a nationally popular name in Korea. Relatives: Kym, Kimmi, Kimmey, Kimmy, Kimball, Kimble, Kimbell, Kemble. Namesakes: Kim Novak, Kim Hunter, Kim Bassinger.

KIMBERLY: Old English for "from the castle meadow." An engaging name with an enchanting meaning. Kimberly's popularity is attributable to the diamond-mining center in South Africa. There is another Kimberley in Western Australia where gold was discovered in 1882, setting off the country's first major gold rush. Relatives: Kimberley, Kymberly, Kimby, Kim, Kimmi, Kimmie, Kimmy. Namesake: Kimberly-Clark.

KING: Old English for "ruler." Perhaps not the most democratic choice, but it certainly commands attention. Relatives: Kingsley, Kingston, Kingswell. Namesakes: King Vidor, Kingsley Amis, Charles Kingsley.

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