Quick Facts on Kaia
- Hawaiian, Nordic
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Pure, innocent or Sea
Etymology & Historical Origin - Kaia
Kaia is the Norwegian variation of Kaja which is the Scandinavian diminutive of Katherine. Catherine/Katherine is one of those names which has spawned several variations in many different languages including (but not limited to): Caitlin, Kathy, Katie, Kaja, Karen, Karina, Katja, Katya, Katerina and, thanks to the Norwegians, the lovely Kaia. Katherine is typically considered the English form while Catherine is French. The reason for the spread of the Catherine names is due to a popular early Christian saint martyred in Alexandria, Egypt in the 4th century. St. Catherine became a cherished saint in medieval times and so the usage of this name spread far and wide. The etymology of Catherine is debated, but it is possible she shares her roots with the name Hecate, Greek goddess of the wilderness, childbirth, and crossroads. Alternately, the Greek name “Aikaterina” has led to speculation that the name is derived from the Greek “aikia” meaning “torture” but this is not widely held. Although St. Catherine was indeed “tortured” at the wheel for upholding her Christian beliefs, she was more commonly referred to as “the pure one”. The “h” in the English form was introduced in the 16th century, a folk etymology that dates from Roman times when the name was associated with the Greek “katharos” meaning “pure, innocent”. Our modern use of the Greek-derived “catharsis” (to purge or cleanse) also lends to C/Katherine's association with ideas of purity and innocence. On the other hand, Kaia is also occasionally considered the feminine form of Kai which is the Hawaiian word for “sea”.
Popularity of the Name Kaia
Kaia first appeared on the American female naming charts at the very start of this new century in the year 2000. In the years between 2001 and 2002, the name jumped over 300 positions up the charts. Why the sudden interest in the formerly rare name Kaia? Well, at the end of 2001, well-known supermodel Cindy Crawford named her daughter Kaia and so more parents were introduced to this unfamiliar moniker. Most etymologies agree that Kaia is a Norwegian diminutive of Katherine, but considering Kaia’s popularity as a girl’s name in the state of Hawaii, it’s clear that many parents agree with Kaia’s connection to the Hawaiian word for “sea”. Kaia has a laid-back quality making it a great choice for a beach baby or water loving parents. It’s a simple, mellow name that’s neither girly-girl nor fancy. But it’s definitely a pretty and underused choice for girls in America. It appears as if Kaia is plateau-ing on the charts at levels of mild moderation, so don’t expect this name to reach levels of ϋber-popularity. That’s good news for parents who aren’t interested in trendy names. In 2011 Kaia was the 66th most popular girl's name in Hawaii (where it might be considered trendy) – the only state where it shows up on the Top 100 list. We think Kaia is a great choice for a Hawaiian keiki or a Southern California beach babe.
Popularity of the Girl Name Kaia
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Kaia
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Kaia
Kaia We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Kaia.
Popular Songs on Kaia
Kaia - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Kaia.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Kaia
Kaia, Heroine of the 1944 Warsaw Rising (Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm) - Kaia, Heroine of the 1944 Warsaw Rising tells the story of one woman, whose life encompasses a century of Polish history. Full of tragic and compelling experiences such as life in Siberia, Warsaw before World War II, the German occupation, the Warsaw Rising, and life in the Soviet Ostashkov prison, Kaia was deeply involved with the battle that decimated Warsaw in 1944 as a member of the resistance army and the rebuilding of the city as an architect years later. Kaia’s father was expelled from Poland for conspiring against the Russian czar. She spent her early childhood near Altaj Mountain and remembered Siberia as a “paradise”. In 1922, the family returned to free Poland, the train trip taking a year. Kaia entered the school system, studied architecture, and joined the Armia Krajowa in 1942. After the legendary partisan Hubal’s death, a courier gave Kaia the famous leader’s Virtuti Militari Award to protect. She carried the medal for 54 years. After the Warsaw Rising collapsed, she was captured by the Russian NKVD in Bialystok and imprisoned. In one of many interrogations, a Russian asked about Hubal’s award. When Kaia replied that it was a religious relic from her father, she received only a puzzled look from the interrogator. Knowing that another interrogation could end differently, she hid the award in the heel of her shoe where it was never discovered. In 1946, Kaia, very ill and weighing only 84 pounds, returned to Poland, where she regained her health and later worked as an architect to the rebuild the totally decimated Warsaw. Recommended for ages young adult.
Famous People Named Kaia
Famous People Named Kaia - Kaia Kanepi (Estonian tennis player)
Children of Famous People Named Kaia
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Kaia - Cindy Crawford (supermodel/businesswoman)
Kaia - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Kaia - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Kaia.
Personality of the Girl Name Kaia
The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature. They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.
Variations of the Baby Name - Kaia