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150+ Knockout Boy Names that Start with K

May 3, 2022

150+ Knockout Boy Names that Start with K

AHEAD: The ultimate list of K names for boys—plus their meanings and popularity.

If you’re looking for a cool boys’ name starting with the letter K, you’re in the right place!

Below, I’ve rounded up every single K name that’s even the slightest bit modern and cool.

For each name, you’ll find its meaning and current popularity—which will hopefully help you narrow down your list of favorites.

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Boy names that start with K are quite popular. (Though, not as popular as A names and J names).

There are 78 “K” names ranking in the top 1000.

There are also a bunch of other fantastic K names that are more rare (without being too out there).

Feel free to use the Table of Contents to jump to a specific style, or keep on scrolling and view all of these cool boys’ names starting with the letter K.

Related: Girl Names Starting with K

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Short “K” names

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These boys’ names are comprised of only 3 or 4 letters, and of course, they all start with the letter K!

Kace or Kase

  • Name meaning: Invented name.
  • Popularity: Kace ranks #791 and Kase is #833.

Kade or Kaid

  • Name meaning: Barrel.
  • Popularity: Kade ranks #360 and Kaid isn’t ranking. Cade ranks #376.

Kage

  • Name meaning: Cake. Shadow.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Karl

  • Name meaning: Free man.
  • Popularity: Karl last ranked in 2009. Carl currently ranks #816.

Kash

  • Name meaning: Money. Short for Cassius, meaning empty or vain.
  • Popularity: Kash ranks #255 and Cash is #265.

Kato

  • Name meaning: Wise.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Kent

  • Name meaning: Edge or border.
  • Popularity: This German name last ranked in 2003.

Keon

  • Name meaning: Invented name.
  • Popularity: This name last ranked in 2011.

Kiel

  • Name meaning: Short for Ezekiel, meaning God will strengthen.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Kip or Kipp

  • Name meaning: A nickname for Christopher, meaning bearer of Christ.
  • Popularity: Neither spelling of this boys’ name is ranking.

Kirk

  • Name meaning: Church.
  • Popularity: This name last ranked in 2002.

Koa

  • Name meaning: Warrior.
  • Popularity: #587

Koda

  • Name meaning: A common Japanese surname.
  • Popularity: #590

Kody

  • Name meaning: Helpful.
  • Popularity: Kody ranks #955 and Cody is #297.

Kole

  • Name meaning: Charcoal.
  • Popularity: Kole ranks #849 and Cole is #131.

Kolt

  • Name meaning: Young horse.
  • Popularity: Kolt isn’t ranking. Colt ranks #221.

Kona

  • Name meaning: Toward the side sheltered from the wind.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Kory or Korey

  • Name meaning: In a hollow. (A hollow is a narrow area of low land between mountains).
  • Popularity: Kory last ranked in 2003 and Korey last ranked in 2006. Cory currently ranks #907 and Corey is #525.

Kota

  • Name meaning: Happiness. Good luck.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Krew or Kru or Krue

  • Name meaning: Group.
  • Popularity: Krew ranks #705. Kru and Krue aren’t ranking. Crew ranks #283.

Kruz

  • Name meaning: Cross.
  • Popularity: Kruz isn’t ranking. Cruz currently ranks #303.

Kurt

  • Name meaning: Courteous.
  • Popularity: Kurt last ranked in 2005. Curt isn’t currently ranking either.

Kyle

  • Name meaning: Narrow land.
  • Popularity: #313

Kylo

  • Name meaning: A variation of Kyle, which means narrow land.
  • Popularity: #449

Kyro or Kairo

  • Name meaning: Victorious. Cairo is the capital of Egypt.
  • Popularity: Kairo ranks #279 and Kyro is #850. Cairo ranks #346.

If you like these mini boy names that start with K you’ll also like this list of short names.

Gender-neutral “K” names

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All of these K names would work for a boy or a girl.

Kai or Kye

  • Name meaning: Sea.
  • Popularity: For boys, Kai ranks #93 and Kye is #809. For girls, Kai is #794.

Kalix

  • Name meaning: Husk or pod.
  • Popularity: Kalix isn’t ranking for either gender. Neither is Calix or Calyx.

Kamari or Kamar

  • Name meaning: Like the moon.
  • Popularity: Kamari ranks #387 for boys and #946 for girls. Kamar isn’t ranking for either gender.

Kamden or Kamdyn or Kamdon

  • Name meaning: Winding valley.
  • Popularity: For boys, Kamden ranks #478, Kamdyn is #962, and Kamdon isn’t ranking. None of these K names are ranking for girls. (Camden ranks #167 for boys).

Kameron or Kamryn

  • Name meaning: Crooked nose.
  • Popularity: For boys, Kameron ranks #299, Kamryn is #855, and Cameron is #64. For girls, Kameron hasn’t ranked since 2000, Kamryn currently ranks #459, and Cameron is #489.

Karson or Karsyn or Karsen

  • Name meaning: Son of marsh dwellers.
  • Popularity: For boys, Karson ranks #264, Karsyn is #694, and Carson is #84. Karsen last ranked in 2012. Karsyn ranks #612 for girls.

Karter

  • Name meaning: Transporter of goods.
  • Popularity: For boys, Karter ranks #161 and Carter is #33. For girls, Karter ranks #887 and Carter is #515.

Kasey

  • Name meaning: Vigilant or watchful.
  • Popularity: This name isn’t ranking for either gender.

Keller

  • Name meaning: Cellar master. Overseer of the household.
  • Popularity: This neutral name isn’t ranking for either gender.

Kendall

  • Name meaning: Royal valley. Valley of the river Kent.
  • Popularity: This name hasn’t ranked for boys since 2018. It currently ranks #314 for girls.

Kennedy

  • Name meaning: Helmeted chief.
  • Popularity: This presidential name hasn’t ranked for boys since 2005. It currently ranks #72 for girls.

Kennon or Kennan

  • Name meaning: Ancient or distant.
  • Popularity: Neither spelling of this name is ranking for boys or girls.

Kensley

  • Name meaning: King’s meadow.
  • Popularity: This name is not ranking for boys and ranks #453 for girls.

Kingsley

  • Name meaning: King’s meadow.
  • Popularity: This name ranks #630 for boys and is not ranking for girls.

Kinley

  • Name meaning: Warrior.
  • Popularity: This name isn’t ranking for boys. For girls, Kinley ranks #431 and Kynlee is #808.

Kollin or Kollins

  • Name meaning: Cub (baby animal) or victory of the people.
  • Popularity: Kollin and Kollins aren’t ranking for either gender. For boys, Colin ranks #285 and Collin is #464. For girls, Collins (with an s) ranks #365.

If you like these gender-neutral names that start with the letter K you’ll also like this list of nonbinary names.

Cool “K” names

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These boys’ names starting with K are perfect if you want something a little edgy but not too far out there.

Kashton

  • Name meaning: Invented name.
  • Popularity: #441

Keanu

  • Name meaning: Cool breeze.
  • Popularity: #512

Keaton

  • Name meaning: Place of hawks.
  • Popularity: #690

Kellan or Kellen or Kellin

  • Name meaning: Swamp. Slender.
  • Popularity: Kellan ranks #687 and Kellen is #792. Kellin isn’t ranking.

Kelton

  • Name meaning: Town of keels (part of a boat).
  • Popularity: This name last ranked in 2008.

Kenji

  • Name meaning: Intelligent second son. Strong and vigorous.
  • Popularity: #904

Kenzo

  • Name meaning: Wise. Healthy. Humble. Three.
  • Popularity: #544

Kepler

  • Name meaning: Maker of cloaks and hoods. (The name of a famous astronomer and mathematician.)
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Kiefer

  • Name meaning: Overseer of a wine cellar. Pine tree.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Kipton

  • Name meaning: Meaning unknown. Probably an occupational name.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Kirby

  • Name meaning: Settlement by a church.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Knight

  • Name meaning: Honored soldier.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Kordell

  • Name meaning: Maker of rope.
  • Popularity: Kordell isn’t ranking. Cordell last ranked in 2008.

Koren

  • Name meaning: Gleaming.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Kylan or Kylen

  • Name meaning: Invented name.
  • Popularity: Kylan ranks #526 and Kylen is #900.

Kyson

  • Name meaning: Son of Ky or Kyle.
  • Popularity: #461

If you like these cool boy names that start with K you’ll also like this list of edgy names.

“K” names that are typically spelled with a “C”

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All of these boys’ names are more popular when spelled with the first letter of C. That said, they might be perfect if you’ve got your heart set on a K name!

Kallan or Kallen or Kalan

  • Name meaning: Descendant of Cathalán.
  • Popularity: None of these K names are ranking. Callan ranks #432 and Callen is #531.

Kallum or Kalum

  • Name meaning: Dove.
  • Popularity: Kallum and Kalum aren’t ranking. Callum ranks #335 and Calum is #922.

Kannon

  • Name meaning: Artillery.
  • Popularity: Kannon ranks #534 and Cannon is #543. (This is a rare case of a near-tie!)

Kanyon

  • Name meaning: A gorge (usually with a river flowing through).
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking—and neither is the C version, Canyon.

Kassius

  • Name meaning: Might mean empty or vain.
  • Popularity: Kassius isn’t ranking. Cassius ranks #488.

Kohen or Koen

  • Name meaning: Priest.
  • Popularity: Kohen ranks #645. Koen last ranked in 2014. Cohen currently ranks #282 and Coen is #940.

Kolby

  • Name meaning: From a coal town.
  • Popularity: Kolby last ranked in 2016. Colby currently ranks #617.

Kolson or Kolsen or Koleson

  • Name meaning: Son of Cole or Nicholas.
  • Popularity: None of these K names is ranking. Colson ranks #350.

Kolter

  • Name meaning: One who looks after horses.
  • Popularity: Kolter isn’t ranking. Colter ranks #972.

Kolton or Kolten

  • Name meaning: From the coal town.
  • Popularity: Kolton ranks #444. Kolten last ranked in 2019. Colton currently ranks #66 and Colten is #756.

Korbin or Korbyn or Korben

  • Name meaning: Crow.
  • Popularity: Korbin ranks #710, Korbyn is #991, and Korben isn’t ranking. Corbin ranks #347.

Kreed

  • Name meaning: Set of beliefs.
  • Popularity: Kreed isn’t ranking. Creed ranks #796.

Kristian

  • Name meaning: Follower of Christ.
  • Popularity: Kristian ranks #819, Christian is #62, and Cristian is #331.

Kristopher

  • Name meaning: Bearer of Christ.
  • Popularity: Kristopher ranks #827 and Christopher is #47.

Kurtis

  • Name meaning: Courteous.
  • Popularity: Kurtis last ranked in 2003. Curtis currently ranks #701.

If you like these boy names that start with K you might also like this complete list of C names for boys.

Irish & Scottish “K” names

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I was surprised to discover that there’s a large number of Irish and Scottish boys’ names that start with the letter K! Here are the most popular ones…

Related: Scottish and Irish Girl Names

Kane or Kain or Kaine

  • Name meaning: Warrior.
  • Popularity: Kane ranks #337. Kain and Kaine aren’t ranking. Cain ranks #886.

Keane

  • Name meaning: Ancient or distant.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Keegan or Kegan

  • Name meaning: Son of Aodhagán, meaning fire.
  • Popularity: Keegan ranks #494 and Kegan isn’t ranking.

Keenan or Kenan

  • Name meaning: Ancient or distant.
  • Popularity: Keenan ranks #990 and Kenan isn’t ranking.

Keith

  • Name meaning: Forest.
  • Popularity: #596

Kelvin

  • Name meaning: A river in Scotland. A unit of thermodynamic temperature.
  • Popularity: #923

Kendrick

  • Name meaning: Greatest champion. Family ruler.
  • Popularity: #427

Kenneth

  • Name meaning: Fire-born. Handsome.
  • Popularity: #243

Kevin

  • Name meaning: Of noble birth. Handsome.
  • Popularity: #156

Kian or Kiaan

  • Name meaning: Ancient.
  • Popularity: Kian ranks #452 and Kiaan ranks #794.

Kieran

  • Name meaning: Little dark one.
  • Popularity: #517

Killian or Kylian

  • Name meaning: Might mean bright-headed, little church, strife, or war.
  • Popularity: Killian ranks #351 and Kylian is #996. Cillian ranks #964.

If you like these Scottish and Irish boy names that start with K you may also like this list of 1-syllable names.

More international “K” names

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This next batch of boys’ K names comes from across the globe. These names are of Arabic, German, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Persian, Portuguese, Scandinavian, Spanish, and West African origin, respectively.

Related: Exotic Girl Names

Kabir

  • Name meaning: Greatness.
  • Popularity: This Arabic name ranks #859.

Kairos

  • Name meaning: An opportune moment.
  • Popularity: This Greek boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Kaiser or Kaizer or Kyzer or Kyser

  • Name meaning: Emperor.
  • Popularity: The German name Kaiser ranks #869. Kaizer, Kyzer, and Kyser aren’t ranking.

Kalel

  • Name meaning: Superman’s Kryptonian name. Might mean voice of God when written in Hebrew.
  • Popularity: #995

Kamal

  • Name meaning: Perfection, superiority, accomplishment, beauty. Lotus. Pale red.
  • Popularity: This Arabic and Persian boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Kareem

  • Name meaning: Generous.
  • Popularity: This Arabic name ranks #638.

Khalid

  • Name meaning: Eternal.
  • Popularity: This Arabic name ranks #896.

Khalil or Khaleel

  • Name meaning: Friend.
  • Popularity: The Arabic name Khalil ranks #276. Khaleel isn’t ranking.

Khari

  • Name meaning: Kingly.
  • Popularity: This West African name ranks #675.

Konstantin or Konstantinos

  • Name meaning: Constant or steadfast.
  • Popularity: Neither of these Latin names is ranking.

Kortez

  • Name meaning: Courteous.
  • Popularity: The Spanish name Kortez isn’t ranking. Cortez last ranked in 2013.

Kristiano

  • Name meaning: Italian and Portuguese version of Christian.
  • Popularity: Neither Kristiano or Cristiano is currently ranking.

Kristoff or Krystoff

  • Name meaning: Bearer of Christ.
  • Popularity: Neither spelling of this Greek or Scandinavian K name is ranking.

Kyron

  • Name meaning: Might mean hand, little dark one, ruler, or leader.
  • Popularity: This Greek name last ranked in 2011.

If you like these international boy names that start with K you may also like this list of 3-syllable names.

Final thoughts on “K” boy names

Hopefully, you’ve found a few lead contenders on this list, or at least come away with some baby name inspiration.

Whether you prefer a name that’s popular, short, gender-neutral, of English origin, or of global origin, all of these boys’ names are fantastic choices.

Congratulations and good luck choosing the perfect name for your son!

Boy Names that Start with K