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Are you looking for a baby name as enchanting as the islands of Hawaii themselves? Check out these stunning Hawaiian baby names.
There are few more beautiful places on earth than the islands of Hawaii.
A dream holiday destination for many, it’s well known for its gorgeous beaches, diverse landscapes, and of course, the friendliness of its people.
If you’ve ever heard Ōlelo Hawaiʻi, the traditional language of the islands, you’ll know the soothing quality of its lyrical sound.
So it is no surprise that Hawaiian baby names share these traits.
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With the inherent beauty of the language, you’d be hard-pressed to find a Hawaiian name that isn’t pretty.
But beyond being sweet-sounding, Hawaiian names bring with them the history, culture, and community they are born from.
Traditionally, Hawaiian names were revealed in dreams or visions.
Or they expressed a particular hope or protection for the child.
They could even evolve or change as the child grows.
To this day, Hawaiian names can have literal meanings as well as deeper symbolic meanings known primarily to the family.
Plus, they can combine more than one name.
And that combination can tell a whole story.
For example, as Lehia Apana, in her article for Maui No Ka ʻOi explains, her full name is actually Kalehiaikealaikahiki.
This means “the skillful fisherman on the pathway to Tahiti.”
She goes by Lehia for short.
Both meaningful and pretty!
They absolutely are.
All Hawaiian names can be used for either girls or boys.
And this is partly because Hawaiian cultural ideas around sex and gender are traditionally more nuanced.
But as time has passed and western culture has become more of an influence, certain names have become more often associated with either girls or boys.
You may have heard these common Hawaiian names before:
1. **Kai:** This popular name means “sea.” spacer`
2. Leilani: A delightful option, Leilani means “royal child” and “heavenly flower.”
Beautiful as they are, they’re just a taste of what’s to come!
So what are some other common Hawaiian names?
While none of them made the top 10 in the US, their popularity is certainly felt within the state.
Let’s take a look at what’s faring on the state charts.
Of course, Kai retains its popularity. Some other hot favorites include:
Hawaiian girls’ names featured on the list included Leilani, as well as these beautiful options:
Ready to explore beyond the most popular options in search of something unique?
Spoiler alert: they’re all totally charming!
Head here for more Hawaiian girls’ names.
These Hawaiian boy names focus on strength, power, and a solid connection to nature and the sea.
Check out some more Hawaiian boys’ names here.
While all Hawaiian names are technically gender-neutral, this has shifted over time, with some names taking on more masculine or feminine alignments.
That’s why we’re giving names that are specifically gender-neutral a special spot on our list.
All the best with your choice.
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