Girl Baby Name

Kali

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Quick Facts on Kali

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 363
Pronunciation:
KAH-lee
Simple meaning:
The black one

Characteristics of Kali

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Kali

Kali is a name from Sanskrit (काली) “kāla” which translates to “the black one". Because we haven’t developed a Hindu origin category yet, we are calling this name English for now. Kāli is the Hindu goddess of time, change, destruction and empowerment (a redeemer of the universe). As the “black one”, Kāli predates light and therefore transcends time. As one of the most revered goddesses in India, the city of Calcutta is named for her. She is known to destroy ignorance and guide those toward God with her infinite knowledge. Often depicted as fierce and fearsome, she has feral eyes with a protruding tongue. She is often rendered carrying a bloody sword in one of her four arms and donning a belt of severed demon heads. Often regarded as the wife of Shiva (the most powerful god in Hinduism), Kāli was called into battle against evil forces. As she successfully defeated the demons, Kāli got carried away on her killing spree before Shiva threw himself at her feet to tame her wildness. She is a strong and powerful figure in Hindu tradition, and celebrated as a Divine Mother. She is a goddess of enlightenment and liberation more than the death and destruction often associated with her. She is both gentle mother and fierce protective warrior.

Popularity of the Name Kali

Kali first appeared on the female naming charts in 1982. We’re guessing this had something to do with elimination of U.S. immigration quotas in 1965 which spurred Indian immigration to America in larger waves during the late 1970s and early 80s. The name Kali showed steady increases in usage in the 1980s and 90s which was probably also influenced in part by American girl names like Cali, Callie and Kaylee (similar sounding). In this way Kali has become an Americanized respelling of other female names (and pronounced KAY-lee instead of KAH-lee). Kali reached its peak popularity in the mid-1990s and has since settled back down to levels of lower moderation. Today the name is fairly uncommon and many parents probably aren’t aware of its Hindu connection. As a “dark” deity, Kali reminds us a bit of Lilith which isn’t necessarily a bad thing for strong female role models. It’s all about perspective. On another note, we’ve also read (but haven’t confirmed) that “kali” is the Hawaiian word for “hesitation” but apparently sometimes used as the Hawaiian word for vagina. We thought that was worth knowing.
Popularity of the Girl Name Kali
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Kali

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Kali

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Kali

    Kali (Hindu Mythology) Kali is the Hindu goddess who represents empowerment; she is first mentioned in texts around 600 CE, and is the consort of Lord Shiva. In spite of her rather fearsome appearance, Kali, the Dark Mother, is said to be compassionate and loving toward her human children. Indeed, you do want to have this goddess call you child, because to be on the wrong side of her is no small undertaking, no pun intended. Kali appears as a four-armed, three-eyed, black-complexioned warrior woman, with a garland of human heads, a girdle of human hands, a sword in one hand, the head of a demon in another, while, we are told, with the other two hands she blesses her children and bids them to “fear not”. She stands upon the thigh and chest of her husband, Lord Shiva, who is said to have thrown himself under her feet to deflect her murderous rampages during one of her frequent battles. We don’t know about you, but this isn’t exactly the image we come up with when thinking of loving mother figures, but to each her own! To her devotees, Kali is to be both loved and feared, but as the Universal Mother, never ignored. Fair enough – as if it were possible!

  • Popular Songs on Kali

    Popular Songs on Kali

    Kali - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Kali.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Kali

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Kali

    Kali and the Geekettes (Ellie Greene) - Kali's not your typical fifteen-year-old girl. She cares more about astrophysics than the latest fashions, and her friends Roxanne and Phillippa are just as geeky. After Kali's breakup with the cute, funny, artistic Mark Wallace, she and her friends decide none of their hearts will ever be broken again. The Plan? Become larger than life instead of trying to blend in. When Kali gets the chance to date Aiden, one of the most popular guys in school, she thinks she doesn't need any stupid Plan to get her life together. Dating Aiden will solve all her problems. The only catch is that to make it work, she'll have to turn her back on the other two geekettes. Recommended for ages 13+

    Kali Leads the Way (Nancy West) - The story of a humanitarian mine detection dog named Kali that works in Cambodia. When a young boy becomes sick, Kali must prove that she is smart and brave as she leads the boy, his father, and her handler over a dangerous mountain path to the nearest hospital. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Kali's Song (Jeanette Winter) - Renowned picture book author and illustrator Jeanette Winter brings us the enchanting story of a boy named Kali who lived thousands and thousands of years ago. Kali must learn to hunt, like the rest of the men in his tribe. But when Kali plucks the string on his bow, he forgets about shooting arrows, and makes music long into the night. Even the stars come close to listen. This lovely story, celebrating the uniqueness in all of us, the beauty of the natural world, and showing the power of music and art over violence, will be cherished by children everywhere. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Three Indian Goddesses: The Stories of Kali, Sita/Lakshmi and Durga (Jamila Gavin) - Three contemporary stories inspired by Indian folk tales. The Girl Who Rode on a Lion When their cousin Durga comes to stay, Anil and Kiki find her a bit odd. Her clothes and manners are unusual, and she has a strange knack of seeing what is going on in people's minds. But when trouble threatens, Durga turns out to be a very useful person to know...Monkey in the Stars Hanuman the Monkey God takes Amrita on a magical journey into the story of Diwali. Amrita sees Prince Rama tricked by demons, and Princess Sita kidnapped by their evil Lord - Ravana. Then she witnesses the most terrifying battle on earth...The Temple by the Sea Shanta longs to be a dancer and she is thrilled when the mysterious Uma Rao offers to teach her. Then Shanta is chosen to dance for the gods at the temple by the sea. It is a great honor, but Shanta is terrified - the goddess Kali has put a terrible curse on the temple...Recommended for ages 8-12.

  • Famous People Named Kali

    Famous People Named Kali

    Famous People Named Kali - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Kali.

  • Children of Famous People Named Kali

    Children of Famous People Named Kali

    Famous People Who Named Their Child Kali - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Kali.

  • Historic Figures

    Kali - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Kali - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Kali.

Personality of the Girl Name Kali

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Kali

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