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Kali

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Origin: Greek
Meaning: Rosebud

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  • Records indicate that 16,979 girls in the United States have been named Kali since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1996, when 850 people in the U.S. were given the name Kali. Those people are now 18 years old.

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      44 Positive Comments

  • "my daughters name is Kali and we pronounce it the Indian way of Kah-lee, emphasis on the Lee. I LOVE this goddess for a variety of reasons. she is strong and a lot of people fear her, but she is also the divine mother and the goddess of time and change. she is the mother of all and she never lies to her children, she's always honest and allows them free will. as the goddess of destruction one can only know that in order to create sometimes you must destroy. one state in India name their daughters Kali because they know the true meaning of this deity and respect and revere it. my daughter embodies the True meaning and is the most lovable creature ever. she will growgrow up to embody her name and love it as much as I do I'm sure <3" Mar. 4, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Guess what? My name is Kali too. Crazy. Pronounced Kaylee. Though actually The original name is pronounced KAH-lee. I love the name. The goddesses' worshipers fear AND love her like a mother. And if your Christian, the story of Lilith isn't in your cannon, so it wouldn't really matter anyway. Names are names and I feel blessed and I think my name is too. Suck it." Dec. 5, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Duaghter is 10 and her name is Kalyrah "Ka-leer-uh" but we call her kaly "cali" for short. everyone calls her kelly at school and this drives me nuts. I agave her the name because Kalyrah is a gaelic name that means beautiful. and I wanted her to have a unique name like mine "deirdrah" to make her unique. and she is but her name is not kelly! or kaylee! its kaly" Jul. 22, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kali. I love my name. I'm not sure why it being the name of a Hindu goddess of creation and destruction would be seen as a bad thing...I think it is bad ass. My name is pronounced Kay-lee, as that is the correct pronunciation. If you want your baby's name to be pronounced Cali like California, for goodness sakes spell it Callie or Kallie, as is correct in the English language." Jul. 10, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "On the odd occasion it is pronounced wrongly as "Kay-lee", as I much preferred Kali pronounced as in "California". I've called my daughter this and don't regret it for a second. Love the name." Apr. 17, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kali. Pronounced like 'Cali'(california). I like and prefer it over the (kay-lee) version. The majority of people who pronounce my name say it as kay-lee. A friend of mine also has the name Kali (pronounced kay-lee). We attend different schools but everyone calls her by the 'california' pronounciation. We get called by the opposite pronounciations and wonder if we should have lived different lives! =D" Nov. 8, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "So my name is Kali but it's actually pronounced Kaylee. Or that's what my parents decided. Because everyone says Kah-lee xD" Oct. 30, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Cali, (Kaylee) and i really like my name sometimes, but i hate when i have to correct people a million times, Its KAYLEE, not CALI like California. But i still love it (:" Sep. 14, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "this is the name of my girlfriend, her real name is kayla but she doesnt like it because her original parents gave her the name. no one so far has pronouced it wrong that I know of, i have never met anyone with this name i love this name so much and everytime i hear it my heart lights up. its such a unique name" Sep. 4, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my gorgeous puppy Kali Rose. I knew the background and named her because it's a fierce and powerful name! I love it." Jul. 7, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 8 year old daughters name is Kali Rae, sounds like "Callie". I decided to spell it this way because I thought it was beautiful, like she is! Rae is after my late father. To all the Kali's out there, you are beautiful!!!" Apr. 27, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kali, pronounced Kaylee, and it's always really pissed me off that people pronounce it as Cali. It's spelled with a K. As in "kay". Christ. But I adore my name, absolutely." Apr. 13, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Kali Ranae. (Pronounced Kaylee) When she was born I first spelled it Kali. The doctors and nurses mispronounced it so I changed the spelling to Kayli. They still mispronounced it so before I went home, I changed the spelling to Kaylee. When she went to first grade she asked to change the spelling back to Kali so I went to the town Hall and changed it back. She now has several birth certificates with different spellings. It is confusing and I just wish I had left it at Kali. I love this name and the spelling." Apr. 9, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi my name is Karla, I'm form El Salvador and my nickname is Kaly (with Y instead of i) I really like my nickname and I didn't know it was the name of the Hindu goddess until now. I knew it is the name of a city and some kind of plant. I would like to have another way to spell it, I think it would be interesting." Feb. 27, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My two year old daughter is named Kali Rose, pronounced "Callie" I have received many compliments on her name but often people pronounce it Kaylee. Before having her i only knew of one other Callie but now i hear it often. I love her name and love the spelling. I almost spelled it Kallie but i like both ways of spelling it." Jan. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "HEY THE LADY ON HERE WITH HER NAME KALI RAE MY DAUGHTERS NAME IS KALI RAYE AND I PRONOUNCE IT CALI LIKE CALIFORNIA...BUT I LOVE THIS NAME" Dec. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name's Kali (Kaylee) and I think it's probably one of the coolest names in the entire world. I didn't know it was the name of the Hindu Goddess until I was 8, but it just makes it so powerful I think. I want a name like that for my daughter. So who needs pencils and little bicycle license plates?And if someone pronounces it wrong, correct them. It's a very tiny problem really." Oct. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I absolutely love the name but i hate it when people mispronounce it...i prounounce it like Callie but alot of people say Kaylee...but a few people have said it right! I recommend this name to other people!!" May. 18, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name. They pronounce and spell my name. I say it Kali [Kaylee].Yes I do meet people with the same, but spell different." Apr. 1, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "That is soooo my name....everyone cals me Cali and it gets soooo annoying so my friends do it n prpose now! it doesnt matter how many times i correct people they still call me cali but i pronounce it like Kaylee! My mom is always like in college just have people call you kah-lee(the hindu way) just to really confuse them! haha but i absolutely love my name its unique and avent meet anyone with it yet!" Jan. 4, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "thats my name i must say that i like that it is unique but i am always correcting people and i absolutely hate it when people purposely call me Cali." Nov. 30, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my daughter's name. The Hindu goddess part is pretty intense and I found out about it after we had picked the name while I was still pregnant, but I loved the name so much that we stuck with it. MANY people pronounce it "KAY-LEE", perhaps because her twin sister is Kaylin." Nov. 1, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is also Kali Kaylee i love my name yes people pronounce it wrong but who cares its my name and i love it its very unique and its not very usual that you meet people with the name Kali at least i havent ROCK ON KALIS" Sep. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name....pronounced kaylee. It used to bother me that everyone pronounced it Callie but i would just correct them and tell them that my parents couldn't spell. I love my name and the way it is spelled. It's short and sweet and unique. All other Kalis that I know spell it kaylee and I'm glad to have it the shorter way. My only regret is that i was also given a 'different' middle name; Roenne. I have come to love both." Aug. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am 24 weeks pregnant with my 2nd baby girl! We're naming her Kali Rea. I absolutley love this name. It's so beautiful:)" Aug. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am 24 weeks pregnant with my 2nd baby girl! We're naming her Kali Rea. I absolutley love this name. It's so beautiful:)" Aug. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Kali, shortened from kalyani very early on, around 13, Kali became the name used in schools/college/friends/work/pretty/partners, much the most important aspects of my life. I'm now 34, after 20 years, a full adventure packed life, making friends all around the world, and It's with Kali that I'm now gaining recognition. Although people tend to pronounce it wrong, thats a pain, and some old folks told me, it is too aggressive ( like the goddess), but Kali seems to be working for me, it's how I was ever known in all the important aspects of my life, all my achievements and failures, and now with much positive recognition...and it keeps me young spirited." Aug. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Kali, shortened from kalyani very early on, around 13, Kali became the name used in schools/college/friends/work/pretty/partners, much the most important aspects of my life. I'm now 34, after 20 years, a full adventure packed life, making friends all around the world, and It's with Kali that I'm now gaining recognition. Although people tend to pronounce it wrong, thats a pain, and some old folks told me, it is too aggressive ( like the goddess), but Kali seems to be working for me, it's how I was ever known in all the important aspects of my life, all my achievements and failures, and and now with much positive recognition...and it keeps me young spirited." Aug. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name, It's ok, but I ALWAYS have to corect it." Jul. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Named my daughter Kali. Pronounced Kall-ee, like LL Cool Js song I'm going back to Cali, Cali, Cali I'm going back to Cali -" May. 30, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is my daughter's name and we love it. She is almost 3. Not everyone pronounces it correctly but she already corrects the ones that do it incorrectly. Every baby book I have found pronounces it as it is spelled, Kah-lee. I have run across one other person, teenager, with her name and she pronounces it has Kay-lee. Whereas it is frustrating to go into a doctor's office and hear her name pronounced incorrectly, I wouldn't change it if I had the chance." May. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My neice, Haley, was going to be named Cali (pro> Callie). I am really glad they named her Haley instead because both my sister and I hated that name, especially since we live in a farming area. Cali is more suited for the beach type person." May. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i named my baby girl kali, she's only almost 2 months old. i really love the name." Apr. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hahaha...this is my name! (Pronounced like Callie) I didn't know so many people shared my name, because I have never met anyone with it. I'm 16 years old. I love my name and always have!" Jan. 31, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm 26 weeks pregnant and I absolutly love the name kali, are last name is bell and I told a few people at work about nameing her kali and they say she might be called cow bell. It's really frusterating beacause I love that name. what do u think?" Jan. 28, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My granddaughter's name is Kali (Callie). Her mother chose the K spelling to copy the beginning letter in her aunt Krista's name. She is very very special to all of us." Dec. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Kali! It's short and sweet. My sister pronounces it "Cali," but often gets "Kay-lee" instead. A lot of people spell it wrong, but that's okay, since it's a newer name. She's met a few other people with the name, which surprises me." Nov. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Kali! My daughter's name is Kali, and she's 3." Nov. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I was a kid I read this name as "Kaylee." Then in college I learned about the Indian fire goddess Kali, and that's pronounced "KAH-lee." Read about the Indian Kali and you may not want your daughter named after this, although I think it's cool anyway! Cute name! I named my baby doll this when I was 9." Dec. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Kali (Kaylee) from the 70's and oddly enough a childhood neighbor's best friend had the same spelling and pronounciation. I've never met any others that have both in common. I'm always being told "my niece is named..." but they always spell it different...As a child I wanted to change my name because it was too hard for people, but as an adult I'm very happy that I kept it!!!" Dec. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my daughters name and everyone pronounces it wrong. If I had to do it over again I would have spelled it Kallie or Kalli." Dec. 14, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Yes my name is Kali, pronounced Kaylee, and people ALWAYS get it wrong. Through all 13 years of school I can't remember one year when I didn't have a teacher that got it wrong all the time. I have met many Kali's but I have never heard or seen of anyone with the name that spells and pronounces it like I do. It's nice because it makes me feel original, but it also gets annoying to always have to correct people." Mar. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter this because I LOVE it, but she is called Kaylie as often as her real name. If I had it to do over I might use an alternate spelling." Mar. 9, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my daughter's name and people see it and say Kaylee." Feb. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      4 Negative Comments

  • "My name's Kali, pronounced "kaylee". Don't name your kid this." Jun. 12, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Kali and I pronounce it Kay-lee. It bothers me when other people have my name and it pronounce it the same way, too." Oct. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 8-yr-old stepdaughter is a Kali and a lot of people pronounce it wrong. I explained to my husband that it should be pronounced Kay-lee since there is only one "l" in it, if you use the rules of the English language. Hadn't heard about the goddess at the time, but did about a year later. There's a girl down the street about the same age with the same Kali spelling and pronunciation, surprisingly. I would much rather give a child a name that people can pronounce correctly, and that they can find on pencils and those little bicycle license plates and stuff like that." May. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my nemisis is named kali!people often call her kal-e." Oct. 24, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      22 Neutral Comments

  • "Mine is pronounced KAY-LEE. Rarely does someone say it right the first time. I don't understand why no one can say it right. The i jumps over the l make the a song long. It's basic elementary stuff people!" Oct. 14, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kali. Pronounced Kayley. It gets frustrating having to correct people- I hate 'Collie' (I'm not a dog) and 'Callie' - "Like California?" pronunciations but I deal. I'll never give my child a name that will be incorrectly pronounced." Jul. 15, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "my dogs name is kali pronounced (cali like california)i hate how people named there kid that and pronounced it like kaylee gurr" Oct. 22, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kali and it's pronounced Kay-lee, but I love watching people try to say it because it always comes out like it's spelled Callie :D Most people have names that mean stuff like beautiful, calm, ect but nahh Kali means goddess of destruction ^_^ I think it's pretty flippin awesome!!" Sep. 5, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my dog Kali back in '86 and always pronounced it Kaylee...she lived to be 15, I miss her still." Apr. 23, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My friends name is Kali (not Kaylee) and i don't think that she has ever had a problem with someone calling her Kailey" Oct. 25, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my friends name is kali, her real name is Kaliana though!! she hates her name idk why cuz i think kaliana is a beutiful name but she likes kali better but still doesnt like it" Jun. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Name is Kali but pronounced Kay-Lee. I hate my name. After i typed Kali.com into the computer and saw the image i googled it and found it was a hatred name. i dnt know why my parents named me a harsh name" Jun. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "MY NAME IS KALI AND I SUGGEST THAT UNLESS YOU ARE A WORSHIPPING/PRACTICING PAGAN, THAT NO ONE NAME THEIR CHILD THIS NAME. IT WAS AS AN ADULT THAT I FOUND OUT THAT THE NAME IS EVIL AND WILL BRING NOTHING BUT SADNESS TO THE LIFE OF ONE WITH THAT NAME. IT BELONGS TO AN EVIL INDIAN GODDESS AND NAMES HAVE MEANINGS PEOPLE. THEY CAN BLESS OR CURSE YOU. DON'T LET ANYONE FOOL YOU OR TELL YOU OTHERWISE. SHE IS THE BLACK GODDESS AND EVEN HER WORSHIPPERS FEAR HER. KALI IS ONE OF ABOUT 33 NAMES FOR LILITH. LILITH IS THE FORMER HUMAN WOMAN TURNED DEMONESS AND REPORTEDLY, ADAM'S FIRST WIFE BEFORE ELOHIM GAVE ADAM EVE AS A WIFE. EVE IS ADAM'S 2ND WIFE. RESEARCH THIS TO SEE FOR YOURSELF. PEACE." May. 18, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kalika Dawn but i go by Kali "kaylee" and "ca-lik-a" i love my name cause it is so uniqe (:" May. 14, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a sister named kali/ But everyone prononces it kay-lee!" Apr. 3, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kali (pronounced kay-lee) and I absolutely love it. Yes, I do have to correct people with the spelling and pronunciation, but I love that it is unique- makes me feel special. Always get tons of compliments on my name, too :)." May. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name and I have yet to meet anyone with it. Kali Rea. and I am 53! I was named after the Hindu Goddess and it is pronounced Kah-lee (like the Collie dog) Ray...... All of my life my name has been mispronounced" Dec. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "HI!!! My name is kalaria (pronounced jus how it looks, not rea but ria like tia with a r) but my nickname is kali! I hate when people spell and say my name wrong. I have never met another Kalaria (ka-La-RE-A) or Kali (kaH-LEE), but thats y i luv it so much cuz its unique like me." Sep. 6, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My real name is Klaudia. I live in Hungary. Actually I hate my long real name, since I learned talk, I've called myself as Kali (firstly Baby Kali, 'cuz I was only 2-3 years old, but now I'm just Kali)" Jul. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kali and a lot of people pronounce it "Kay-lee" and it is actually "Kah-lee". My parents spelt it with a "K" because my last initial is "C" and my last name is so long that they used one "l" to get it as short as possible." Dec. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is kali..and its pronounced like Kaley. When i was in school all teachers and especially substitutes always pronounced it like Cali, and it was really frustrating" Oct. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my daughter is kali. i named her after california but with a k, so you pronounce it kali like kalee kinda, not kay-lee like most call her when they see the name." Aug. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Kali also. I just answer to anything that sounds close to it because no one can pronounce 4 simple letters. It's unique, and I love it. Especially because my personality is the complete opposite of it's meaning." Jul. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Kali (Callie) and it's always been mispronounced, misspelled, or just missed. I wouldn't change it for anything, though :)" Apr. 24, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Karly, but associate my name with Kali. I would love to be named after a goddess, and i think of Kali as mine." Feb. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My favorite misspelling of it was a document that came to the attention of "Cow-Lee" ;-)" Aug. 20, 2005: Report as inappropriate



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