Does a New Home State Mean a New Style of Baby Name?
Question :We are looking for a name for our third son, but are feeling stuck due to our other two boys’ names. They were both born in Hawaii and have Hawaiian names: Kai (meaning “ocean”) and Koa (“warrior”). This baby will be born in Kansas, which is obviously not a language! We like short names with a nice meaning, but never intended to stick with “K” names, necessarily. Any ideas on a third boy name that is unique and short, and works with Koa and Kai? Thank you!
Answer:How about Kan or Kas for Kansas? Okay, just kidding. But you do have a unique dilemma: How do you maintain sibling name equity, given the big cultural switch between sibs two and three? In my opinion, you should avoid a massive style switch based just on birthplace.
Your older boys’ names have many things in common in addition to their Hawaiian roots: the initial K, the three-letter length, and the vowel ending. So it’s key (see what I did there?) to keep at least one of those properties for your third son’s name. Some Hawaiian names might still work for a Kansas boy: Keone, meaning “homeland” (if, say, you’re returning to Kansas after time away; or you’re establishing it as the homeland of your family now); Kimo, the Hawaiian version of James, if that is a family name for you; or Kaleo, meaning “sound” or “voice” (since this boy might need a loud voice to keep up with his brothers!).
Moving away from Hawaiian names: Eli, Ari, and Leo give you the three-letter and vowel-ending properties that could draw a link to Kai and Koa. Knox has a short, crisp sound and a subtle letter K. Cal—either on its own, or short for Calvin or Caleb—offers K’s sound (Kal, too, is an option).
Or check out this list of rising, one-syllable meaning names (like Cove, Crew, and Fox). They capture some of the same qualities as your older boys’ names do, while still giving your little Kansan his very own style.