Beautiful Baby Girl Names Starting With The Letter K

Who says the Kardashian-Jenners are the only ones who can have girl names that start with a K? A total of 11 of the 200 most popular names for girls from the 2010s start with a K and we promise, there are so many other names out there besides Kylie, Kim, Kendall, Khloé, Kris, and Kourtney. From popular choices like Kinsley and Kennedy to more obscure names with beautiful meanings such as Kai and Khushi, or even names that reference characters from Greek mythology, there are plenty to choose from for your baby girl. 

Whether you're expecting a child in the coming months or just like to keep a list of potential baby names in the notes app on your phone — don't worry, we all do it — take a look at some of our favorite names for girls that start with a K. You're guaranteed to fall in love with at least one of these adorable names.


Kinsley has been a well-known name for quite some time now, and if we had to put money on it, we would guess that you know a couple of Kinsleys as well. Kinsley was in the top 100 of the most popular baby girl names in the United States in 2020 at No. 59, according to the Social Security Administration, and was also included in the list of top 200 most popular girl names of the past decade ranked at 124.

There are so many positive associations with this name, possibly hinting towards why so many parents choose it. As shared by Behind the Name, Kinsley is often associated with being "modern" and "youthful," two perfect words to describe a newborn baby. Kinsley is derived from the name Cynesige, which has roots in the Old English words "cyne," translating to "royal," and "sige," which means "victory." No wonder the name has been such a popular pick for so many years and most likely will be for years to come!


Another one of the top 100 baby girl names from 2020, Kennedy is ranked at No. 72, according to the Social Security Administration. Proving to be a popular pick for girls for many years, Kennedy also placed at No. 68 in the top 200 baby names of the 2010s.

As noted by Behind the Name, Kennedy is associated with being "wholesome," "strong," and "refined," possibly because of the name's ties to former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Jackie O was known for her style, elegance, and grace during husband John F. Kennedy's time as the 35th president of the United States. According to the Roper Center at Cornell University, Jackie had an approval rating of 51%, with only 2% of poll participants finding her "unfavorable" (the rest of participants were either "undecided" or had "not heard enough" about the former first lady to have an opinion).

If you're a fan of the legendary Jackie Kennedy, then why not name your baby girl after one of the most influential and beloved first ladies of all time?


You've probably heard of the name Karen, but what about Keren? Although there are countless memes about oblivious middle-class white women named Karen who always ask to "speak to the manager" or send their food back at a restaurant, Keren spelled with an e has a beautiful meaning.

While Karen is sometimes short for Katherine, according to Behind the Name, Keren has a super sweet meaning. This gorgeous traditional Hebrew name means "ray of light," and is a perfect choice for your newborn girl. After all, aren't newborns always a ray of sunshine in our lives?

Many people in the United States may have been introduced to this name by the singer Keren Ann, who was born in Israel. According to a review from NPR Music, the artist's songs are a combination of "trip-hop, folk and French pop," and her first album in English, "Not Going Anywhere," was released in 2003.


As Behind the Name explained, Kacey is a variation of the name Casey, an Irish name that is derived from Cathasach, which means "vigilant." Behind the Name also tells us that people believe the name to be "youthful," "strong," and "wholesome."

If you like the name Kacey, we're guessing that you've probably heard of one of the most famous Kaceys: country-pop star Kacey Musgraves. Musgraves won Album of the Year at the Grammys for her 2018 album, "Golden Hour," and her album "Star-Crossed" was released on Sep. 10, 2021 to positive reviews (via NPR). Who knows — maybe your daughter will grow up to be just as stylish, creative, and talented as the legendary Kacey Musgraves if you choose this name!

Another famous Casey who you likely know is Casey Kasem. The iconic actor is known for voicing Shaggy in a number of "Scooby-Doo" projects (via IMDb). Kasem has also had roles in the 1984 movie "Ghostbusters" and "The Transformers: The Movie." Your child will probably watch at least one of these shows or movies throughout their childhood, so why not give them ties to the beloved actor?


If you love the ocean and want to raise your daughter by the shore, have you thought about naming her Kai? This name, which is used for girls and boys, has roots in Hawaiian culture, according to VeryWell Family. Kai means "sea" in Hawaiian and means "shell" in Japanese. The name also has connections to Frisian origins and the name Kaimbe, which translates to "warrior," as noted by Nameberry.

Although you may not know many Kais, model Gigi Hadid and singer Zayn Malik named their daughter a variation of this name, Khai, when she was born in September of 2020 (via People). Zayn announced the birth of his baby girl on social media in an Instagram post from September 23, 2020, with the caption, "Our baby girl is here, healthy and beautiful." He added, "To try put into words how i am feeling right now would be an impossible task. The love I feel for this tiny human is beyond my understanding. Grateful to know her, proud to call her mine, and thankful for the life we will have together."


Although Katherine is the 42nd most popular name in the past 100 years, according to data from the Social Security Administration, there are so many different variations you can go with to make your daughter's name stand out. If you want to give your child a more original name, consider nicknames derived from Katherine, such as Kat, Katya, or Kate.

Whatever you choose, there are so many name options derived from Katherine, which Behind the Name tells us has Greek roots. Although there is no definitive answer for where the name comes from, it has been said by World History Encyclopedia that Katherine could be derived from Hecate, the Greek goddess of magic. On the other hand, Behind the Name noted that Katherine could come from another Greek name, Hekaterine, which comes from the word "hekateros," translating to "each of the two."

There are also plenty of celebrities and famous historical figures named Katherine, proving the significance and popularity of the name. Some of these legendary women include Katherine of Aragon, the actress Katherine Heigl, and so many more.


Derived from the words "ka," which translates to "the," and "lani," which, according to Behind the Name, translates to "heaven" and "sky," the Hawaiian name Kalani means "the heavens." Can you think of a better way to describe how you'll feel about your baby? The name is also gender neutral, so it's perfect for any girl or boy. With gender-neutral names growing more and more popular every day, you'll definitely want to get ahead of this trend and consider giving your daughter a unisex name (via HuffPost).

Although you might not have heard of this unique name before, the Social Security Administration tells us that it has increased in popularity in recent years. In 2015, Kalani was ranked 838 of the 1,000 most popular baby names, but in 2020, Kalani jumped all the way to No. 397. As more and more people start to recognize this sweet name, why not hop on the trend and give your daughter the name too?


Kayla has consistently remained a popular baby name in the United States in the past 20 years, according to the Social Security Administration. In the 1990s, Kayla was the 12th most popular baby girl name throughout the whole decade, and in the 2010 decade, 30,242 babies were named Kayla, possibly due to the name's origins. Kayla has an American origin and means "beloved," Baby Names noted. This meaning is perfect for a baby because after all, who is more beloved to you than your own child?

Behind the Name tells us that the name started to pop up more after the character Kayla Brady made appearances on the popular soap opera "Days of Our Lives" in the '80s. Actress and producer Mary Beth Evans has played the character on and off since 1986, after a recasting — no wonder the name Kayla has such a lasting legacy!


If you want your daughter to stand their ground and always stick up for what they believe in, consider naming her Kelsey. As explained by Behind the Name, Kelsey is derived from an English surname and is believed to possibly come from the name Cenel, which means "fierce." Although, in the past 20 years, data from the Social Security Administration shows that the name's popularity has decreased since its peak in 2000, it was still ranked at 527 out of the 1000 most popular baby girls names in 2020. Kelsey was also the 33rd most popular name for newborn girls in the '90s.

Speaking of fierce, you may remember a former contestant of Peter Weber's season of "The Bachelor" was named Kelsey. Kelsey Weier made an appearance on Season 24 of the show and left a lasting impression, making it to the final four contestants before she was eliminated. Known for her viral "champagne-gate" moment, Weier let Bachelor Nation know that it's okay to be open and expressive about your emotions. In an interview with Rachel Lindsay for "Bachelor Happy Hour" Weier explained, "I'm somebody that can embrace my flaws. I can own up to when I was in the wrong and just make humor of it."


If you want to name your daughter something unique with a great meaning, consider naming her Khushi. The Social Security Administration's lack of data for the name tells us that Khushi is not popular in the U.S., as it does not appear in their list of most 1,000 popular baby names since the year 2000. Luckily, if you choose to name your baby Khushi, you'll never have to worry about your daughter getting mixed up with another child in the classroom. As noted by BabyCenter, this beautiful Indian baby name means "happiness," "joy," "pleasure," and "delight" — all great words to associate with your newborn.

BabyCenter also shares that Khushi is also related to the number four in numerology. If your name is a four, that means that you're logical, you like to keep things orderly, and maybe you're even a little type-A. If you want your child to value having a schedule or imagine a career for them as a manager of people or even a scientist, Khushi has strong connections to all of the above based on its numerological value.


Although the name Kiara has decreased in popularity over the past 20 years, according to the Social Security Administration, it still has interesting origins that are sure to intrigue you. Behind the Name states that Kiara has a lot of different meanings. Stemming from the name Chiara (the Italian translation of Clara), the name means "bright" or "clear." On the flip side, Kiara can also be derived from the Irish word "ciar," which means "black." However, our favorite translation comes from Swahili; Name Meaning notes that the name Kiara means "princess." 

Although Behind the Name explains that people believe the name to be "youthful," "wholesome," and "modern," if you think Kiara might be a little too formal, you can always give your daughter a great nickname, such as Kiki, Keke, or maybe even Kia for short. We can't think of more adorable nicknames suited for a baby girl!


Kristina appears to be a popular name worldwide as it has connections to Norwegian, Estonian, Croatian, English, and Russian cultures, as noted by Behind the Name. The Social Security Administration tells us that in the U.S., Kristina was in the top 200 baby names in the '90s, but has become less popular over the years. That being said, why not be the one to help make this stunning name trendy again?

Kristina is a form of the name Christina, which is the "Latin feminine form of Christian," a name that can be traced all the way back to the Middle Ages in England, according to Behind the Name. Keeping with the religious theme, The Bump tells us that in Scandinavian and Czechoslovakian cultures, Kristina means "follower of Christ."

And of course, if you're a fan of the Kardashians, you could even nickname your daughter Kris after the most legendary momager to ever grace our television screens.


If you are obsessed with Greek mythology or you're a big fan of author Madeline Miller's books, then it's only fitting that you name your daughter Kalypso. Although it's often spelled as Calypso in English, this ancient Greek name is derived from the word "kalypto," which means "to cover, to conceal," according to research from Behind the Name

You may recognize the name from Greek mythology or if Homer's "Odyssey" was a part of your required reading in high school. According to Britannica, Calypso was the name of the nymph who fell in love with the soldier Odysseus when he shipwrecked on her island, Ogygia, during the Trojan War. Although Calypso had Odysseus stay with her for seven years, she was heartbroken when she eventually had to release him because of Zeus' orders. 

That being said, why not name your baby after one of the greatest hostesses in Greek mythology?


Kelly is another name that the Social Security Administration tells us is consistently popular in the United States and for good reason. As noted by Behind the Name, the gender-neutral name comes from the Irish name Ceallach, which is believed to mean "bright-headed." And we can think of plenty of bright-headed people who carry the name Kelly.

Think of Grace Kelly, one of the most iconic actresses of all time known for her roles in Alfred Hitchcock's movies "To Catch a Thief," "Dial M for Murder," and "Rear Window" (via IMDb). If you don't remember Grace Kelly for her outstanding acting abilities, then perhaps you remember her as Princess Grace when she married the prince of Monaco in 1956 (via Britannica).

Some other well-known celebrities named Kelly include actress from "All My Children" and co-host of "Live with Kelly and Ryan" Kelly Ripa; singer, TV host, and judge on "The Voice" Kelly Clarkson, and British TV personality Kelly Osbourne. You just really can't go wrong with this classic pick.


We know that we said that there are a lot of other names out there besides the Kardashian-Jenner names, but we would be remiss if we didn't include at least one on this list.

As explained by Behind the Name, Kimberly, or Kim, comes from Kimberley, a city located in South Africa. Kimberley was named after the ruler Lord Kimberley, and eventually became a popular name for women, with its usage dating back to the mid-20th century.

In the U.S., Kimberly has remained a common pick for baby girls for the past two decades. According to the Social Security Administration's data from 2000 to 2020, the name reached the height of its popularity in 2007, the same year that "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" started airing. Could this be a coincidence? Yeah, we're not convinced either. Maybe it's Kim Kardashian's over 255 million Instagram followers or 20 seasons of the iconic reality show that makes Kimberly such a long-lasting name, but whatever the case may be, we have a feeling that it will be popular for many years to come.