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Kaia is a baby girl’s name that has several different origins and meanings. Kaia can mean “earth”, “the sea”, or “each of the two, pure, or torture” depending on the origin. Kaia has continued to grow in popularity since 2000 and doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

Meaning of the name Kaia:

Indian: earth
Hawaiian: the sea
Scandinavian: each of the two, pure, torture

Origin of the name Kaia:

Kaia as a given name has many different and unrelated origins. In many Indian languages Kaia means “earth” and is derived from the Latin Gaia. In Hawaiian Kaia means “the sea”. In Scandinavian languages Kaia means “each of the two, pure, or torture” and is derived from Greek.

Symbolism of the name Kaia:

Kaia is a name tied to both the earth and the sea which have powerful symbolism of creativity, strength, force of will, and emotional depth.

Baby name Kaia

Style of the name Kaia:

traditional/modern

Gender of the name Kaia:

Kaia is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Kaia:

KAI-uh

Number of syllables in the name Kaia:

two

Emotion evoked from the name Kaia:

Kaia evokes feelings of adventure and joy.

Alternative spellings for the name Kaia:

Kaya, Kya

Nicknames for the name Kaia:

Popularity of the name Kaia:

According to the Social Security Administration, Kaia first became popular in 2000 and popularity has risen steadily since then. Kaia ranked #302 in 2020.

Related names for the name Kaia:

  • Maia
  • Kai 
  • Kira
  • Kia
  • Gaia

Great middle names for the name Kaia and their meanings:

  • Amari (eternal)
  • Leilani (a heavenly flower)
  • Moana (deep ocean or sea)
  • Hani (joyful)
  • Cerys (love)
  • Elsie (pledged to God)
  • Rhian (maiden)
  • Astrid (divinely beautiful)
  • Imogen (maiden)
  • Eloise (healthy; wide)
  • Evelyn (desired; or water, island)
  • Flora (flower)

Famous people with the name Kaia:

  • Kaia Kanepi (Estonian tennis player)
  • Kaia Beck (American reality TV personality of “The Real World: Hawaii”)
  • Kaia Lynne Wilson (American musician)
  • Kaia Calaway (daughter of American wrestler The Undertaker)

Kaias in popular culture:

  • Kaia Stokes (television, “Home & Away”)
  • Kaia Sellers (television, “Seven Deadly Sins”)
  • Kaia Nieves (television, “Supernatural”)