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20 Beautiful Baby Names From Hawaii That Are So Fun

The name Hawaii brings the mage of beautiful flowers, white sandy beaches, lines of palm and coconut trees and surfing. A delightful and exciting vacation spot! Hawaii’s charming, quaint landscape and the vibrant culture has inspired unique names from that land. Hawaiians are supposed to have a strong bond to the universe, to the land and to the sea and it is very much reflected in their unusual names.

Hawaii, the sandwich islands were discovered by the British explorer James Cook in the year 1778. The sandwich islands became "Kingdom of Hawaii” in 1819 when the King Kamehameha I united the islands under his rule. It got organized into a formal territory and became the fiftieth state of the United States in the year 1959. This is the brief history of picturesque Hawaiian islands.

Names are so important that they are the identity of a person. For some, names might follow them from womb to tomb and beyond, too. Parents nowadays want very special names to adorn their children. They are ready to go to any extent in search of a perfect name for their cutie pie. No wonder why Hawaiian names are popular and are trendy. They are unique and joyful, too. Here is a list of stunning names from the land of Hawaii – names that are fun, meaningful and unique.

20 Ailani

Ailani is a traditional Hawaiian baby name. In the Hawaiian language, the meaning of the name Ailani is: “High chief or Leader”. Though the word meaning is ‘High chief’, this name more correctly means 'one who enjoys the honors and who exercises the responsibility of being chief' according to thenamemeaning.com.

This name is not only considered as a Hawaiian Name, but it also comes under Pacific Islander Names, Polynesian Names etc. and is widely considered as a Unisex Name. Ailani is at the position of #943 in ranking based on the name’s popularity. People with this name is believed to have a deep inner desire for love and companionship. They also tend to be initiators and lead the people as the name meaning denotes as per sheknows.com.

19 Keanu

Keanu is a boy's name of Hawaiian origin meaning "cool breeze over the mountains".  Coolness is always regarded as a symbol of happiness and romance in the warm Hawaiian climate. As per Hawaiian state records, the name Keanu has marked its presence in 19th-century marriage records as the only name (mononym) of 21 women and 21 men.

Keanu is also one among the top hundred first names for boys who were born in Hawaii during the periods 1993–1997 and 1999–2008. This 5 letter name with 2 syllables has now become the synonym of the Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves who became famous through the movie ‘The Matrix’. Since 1880, a total of 2,625 boys have been given this name according to babynameshub.com.

18 Nalani

Nalani is a Christian baby name which has Hawaiian origin. The meaning of the name is "Quiet Skies". Some also refer to it as "the heavens" or "serenity of the heavens".  As per nameberry.com, this name is a girl's name which denotes "calm skies". This name is not a forerunner in popularity and has the position #810 among female names according to thenamemeaning.com. This is really a beautiful name, with a lovely meaning to match.

There are so many Hawaiian names which we fall in love with. But this name is something which we would become an instant fan if it. Though the name is not that popular in the US, I feel it is a beautiful and unique option which can be considered by parents who love the cuteness and the meaning behind a name!

17 Kaleah

Kaleah is a girl's name with Hawaiian roots. This name means "the flower wreath; the beloved". It is ranked at the position of #2023 in popularity. This name is related to the name ‘Kalea’ as per the bump.com. This word also has the meaning Bright And Clear.

Kaleah appeared on the charts for the first time in 1993 on position #4507. This is a very unique female name according to the Popularity Score algorithm by babynamescience.com. They reveal that Kaleah peaked in popularity 6 years ago in 2012 on position 1090. Urban dictionary describes Kaleah as a very bright little girl and the best niece an aunt could ever want or ask for!

16 Noelan

This name is a submission from Indiana, and United States considers the name Nolean means "Christmas girl" and is of Hawaiian origin. How very cute! If you check the records, from 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded just 29 babies born with the first name Noelan in the United States. So the name is rare and unique with a beautiful meaning.

Noelan is the 55,945th most popular name of all time according to names.org. It was in the year 2012 that the name was given to 5 or more newborn babies! That itself is a huge number in the case of this name! The highest score till date is a mere 7 when seven babies were named as Noelan as their first name in the year 2013.

15 Keilani

This is yet another cute Hawaiian name baby name with a great meaning! In Hawaiian, the meaning of the name Keilani is: ‘Glorious chief’.The best thing about the name Keilani is the name is just exotic though it might be tricky or difficult for people to pronounce rightly. 

Even then we have to admit that the name is quite unique and very pretty. This name is pronounced: Kay lawn ee, not Kuh lawn ee. Without a Hawaiian name, people do tend to think that they cannot boast of their Hawaiian origins according to iampregnant.com. In some contexts, the name stands for sky and heavens too. It is mainly used in English speaking countries.

14 Malina

In the Hawaiian language, the meaning of the name Malina is: ‘Calming or soothing’. What a perfect name! The name to hear itself is very soothing! This name is also believed to have Czech, Slovak, Polish, and Jewish (Ashkenazic) usage. This name might have originated from the common Slavic word ‘malina’ which means 'raspberry'. This name is also used as a nickname for a pretty girl or an attractive person. 

This name is ornamental as it is a Jewish surname too. According to nameberry.com, Malina is a synthetic-feeling name that may be a feminization of the Scottish Malcolm or a spelling twist on the Greek Melina with the fruit meaning in several Eastern EuroPolish countries.

13 Kalia

This name has its roots both in Hebrew and Hawaiian simultaneously but mostly used in the Hawaiian language. From the Hawaiian perspective, the name stands for ‘clear and bright’. Another form of the name is the Hawaiian spelling variant Kahlia according to babynamespedia.com. The baby girl name is pronounced as KaaLIY-ah †.

Nicknames for Kalia include Lia, Ali, Ka, Alia, K, and Kali. Kalia also refers to "the desire" in some contexts. It is also a type of flowering tree and a flower native to Hawaii as per babynamewizard.com. Urban dictionary says that In most cases girls with the name Kalia are beautiful and kind-hearted individuals.

12 Olina

The name Olina is a Hawaiian baby name with a happy meaning. In the Hawaiian language the meaning of the name Olina is ‘Joyous’ or ‘Joy; joyful’. Who doesn’t want to be happy? This name is perfect for parents who try to find happiness in their kids. Sheknows.com says that the meaning of the name “Olina” is: “Joy; joyful”. The baby girl name Olina is pronounced as AALIYNAH.

This name is also considered as an old Norse name and it is also commonly seen in Czech population according to babynamespedia.com. A rare combination of OL and LIN results in this name. The male version of this name is Ole as per nordicnames.com.

11 Alanis

Via Nameberry

This name is a variant of the name Alaniz. In the Greek language, Alani stands for 'open space', 'square' etc. This name is a nickname for an idler, someone whose time was spent loafing around in the square of a town or village according to ancestry.com. This name has got a beautiful meaning - "handsome or cheerful". This name is the female version of Alan, says Nameberry.

As per the records of ancestry.com, the Alanis family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. Texas had the highest population of Alanis families in 1880. During that time, Laborer, Sheep Raiser, and Stock Raiser were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Alanis. A less common occupation for the Alanis family was Farmer.

10 Miliani

This is a Hawaiian female name with the meaning ‘Give praise’. This is a very rare name in the U.S. It is estimated that around only 11 people share this name in the U.S on an average. This name is in the position # 283,615 in popularity. The name bearers are believed to be good entertainers and hosts. They say good words about everyone as the name implies.

The most distinguishing characteristic of this name is that they overcome obstacles like a cake walk. They are very discreet in their choice of friends. Milianis believing in and are at peace. Miliani Claude Sansoni a Sri Lankan judge, Mililani the leader of the Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement and a political speaker and attorney are some of the celebrities.

9 Kalani

In the Hawaiian language, the meaning of the name Kalani is: ’The sky; chieftain’. This name also has the meanings "the heavens, sky; royal one". In the Hawaiian language ‘Ka’ stands for ‘the’ and Lani represents  'heaven'. This is a unisex name but is mostly seen among girls. It is pronounced kah-LAH-nee. So if you want your little pie to be a regal one, definitely go for this name.

Kalani Hilliker, a Dancer, Kalani Miller, an Instagram Star, Kalani Robb, a surfer etc. are some of the well-known faces with this beautiful name! Kalani is a surname too. Some notable people with the surname include Hemu Kalani an Indian revolutionary.

8 Keoni

Another Hawaiian name with a wonderful meaning! The meaning of the name Keoni is ‘God Is Gracious’. Hawaiian culture not only closely knitted with the natural elements but also to the heavenly connections. This name is considered as a variant of the name ‘John’. This is mainly because the meaning of the English name ‘John’ is also ‘God is gracious’ or ‘Lord is gracious’.

This name is rather unique and sweet like a real ‘Keoni’. People with this name tend to be passionate, compassionate, intuitive, romantic, and to have magnetic personalities. They are usually humanitarian, broadminded and generous, and tend to follow professions where they can serve humanity according to sheknows.com

7 Halia

The name Halia which is a Hawaiian baby name which has the meaning ‘Remembrance of a loved one’. Unfortunately, this name had never come in the top 1000 names in the popularity charts. The meaning of the name is very nostalgic.

According to sheknows.com, people with this name have a Midas touch as they tend to be a powerful force to all whose lives they touch. They are very capable and charismatic leaders who often take up large endeavors and score great successes. For them, truth, justice, and discipline are so valuable that they may be quick-tempered with those who do not own it. If they fail to develop their potential, they may become impractical and rigid.

6 Allana

The name Allana is very popular in Irish culture too. The meaning of the name Allana is 'beautiful or dear child'. This name is considered as the female version of the name ‘Alan’, an old name of Breton origin but of uncertain meaning.

There are references denoting the name mean "handsome"; but others promote the possibility that it is a Celtic word meaning "rock” according to babynamewizard.com. This name is also a variant of ‘Alana’. Many people may find it very hard to pronounce the name as ‘uh-lane-uh’. It is interesting to note that the name has a silent ‘h’ in it.

5 Nana

Nana has different origins in several countries across the world. It is used both as a feminine or masculine name. This name is feminine in Japan, Korea, Georgia, and Greece, whereas masculine in Ethiopia and India, and epicene in Ghana and Indonesia as per wiki records.

In Georgia, Nana is the fifth most popular given name for girls. Nana is also used as the title of a monarch to glorify their status. In the Hawaiian language, the name refers to the spring month and also the name of a star. In Spanish, the name has the meaning ‘grace’. It is also being told as the Spanish pet form of Ana.

4 Kawai

This name has a strong Japanese relevance. In Japanese, the name meaning refers to ‘meeting of (two) rivers'. In fact, there is no such name ‘Kawai’ in Japanese. It is usually a misspelling of "Kawaii" which means "cute". But as a boy's name, Kawai is of Hawaiian origin, and the meaning of Kawai is "the water" or ‘coming from water’ according to thebump.com and the babynames.com.

The meaning "peace, harmony" combined with the meaning "love, affection" or meaning "thoughts" make this name so special. A famous bearer of this name is Japanese actress Kawai Okada, behindthename.com says. So the name is a pretty cute choice for both boys and girls.

3 Melia

This Hawaiian name has links with the Greek mythology. The name means "ash tree" in Greek, a derivative of μελι (meli) "honey". In Greek mythology, this was the name of a nymph. She was the daughter of the Greek god Okeanos, according to ohbabynames.com

In the Hawaiian language, the meaning of the name Melia is 'Plumeria'. The Simple meaning of the name can be said as ‎'‎Honey or Ash tree' according to sheknows.com. This name is pronounced as ‘‎me-LEE-ah’. In Latin also the meaning of the name is ‘a nymph’. So this is absolutely a special name with similar meaning in different languages.

2 Ulani

This is another Hawaiian name which has become very popular in Polynesian countries. Ulani is a baby girl name with the meaning “Cheerful”. It is a very rare and unique name. As per thinkbabynames.com, The character sketch of this name is quite interesting. They are quick-tempered, sincere, generous, very affectionate and possess a great sense of humor. They also are sociable and dedicate themselves to humanitarian causes. They love adventures, and at certain points in life, could be rebellious too.

Though there are no popularity data for the name 'Ulani', according to the Social Security Administration, it doesn't mean that this name is not popular in other countries of the world. But choosing such a unique and meaningful name will surely make your daughter stand out in a crowd.

1 Anuhea

It is a Christian Hawaiian baby girl name and the history traces back to the Hawaiian background. The simple meaning of meaning is ‘Fragrant’. It is also considered as “Cool and, soft fragrance or Mist Of Coolness or mountain breeze". The name Anuhea is generally regarded as a unisex name and can be used for both boy s and girls.

Anuhea Jenkins is a Hawaiian contemporary, and a famous folk rock, and Hawaii musician who was born on December 10th, 1985 in Maui according to kidpaw.com. It is said that the people with the name Anuhea have a deep inner desire to use their abilities in leadership and to have personal independence. They would rather focus on large, important issues, and delegate the details. Great!

Sources: whatisthemeaningofname.com, sheknows.com, ancestry.com, kidpaw.com

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