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what do british people think of the name Kai?

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coffeeghost Wed 30-Dec-15 17:30:05

someone in another thread told me that they think Kai is a nice name if you have a German or Scandinavian background. (which is the case with me) So I don't really know what British people think or rather why they think it's a "chavy" name. How come?

SummerMonths Wed 30-Dec-15 17:31:09

I think it's Wayne Rooney's son's name...

Fourormore Wed 30-Dec-15 17:32:18

For me it's because the only people I know who have chosen that name for their child are what people would describe as "chavvy".

GoldPlatedBacon Wed 30-Dec-15 17:33:58

I thought it was an Hawaiian name? It is associated with people of a lower socio economic background or people who may identify or are identified as 'alternative'. I don't know why.

Names = social status tends to be a British thing.

Flossiesmummy Wed 30-Dec-15 17:34:13

The only ones I have had experience of have been a bunch of reprobates. If you like it though, go for it!

MilkTwoSugarsThanks Wed 30-Dec-15 17:34:37

I know a lovely little chap called Kai. His parents are not remotely chavvy.

TheBestChocolateIsFree Wed 30-Dec-15 17:35:24

There's a bit of an unwritten rule that almost any name (especially boys' name) beginning with K is "common". No idea why. The Kardashians' flagrant K-abuse has made that prejudice even worse.

However I don't think that rule (which is silly anyway) applies if you are actually foreign.

A mate's child is called Kai. I think it's rather nice, and not so uncommon that you'll be spelling it absolutely every time.

whatdoIget Wed 30-Dec-15 18:01:40

I know 2 Kais who are not at all chavvy

fidel1ne Wed 30-Dec-15 18:05:28

It makes me think of the boy in The Snow Queen.

Llouh Wed 30-Dec-15 18:06:59


SecretlyChartreuse Wed 30-Dec-15 18:08:04

To me it's a Welsh name. It's a lovely name.

M48294Y Wed 30-Dec-15 18:09:09

I know two Kais (aged 11 and 9) and they are both delightful middle class boys from very definitely middle class families.

PurpleTreeFrog Wed 30-Dec-15 18:09:18

There's a bit of an unwritten rule that almost any name (especially boys' name) beginning with K is "common".

You mean "kommon"

vestandknickers Wed 30-Dec-15 18:09:34

Bit chavvy. Sorry, you did ask!

M48294Y Wed 30-Dec-15 18:10:00

(both mixed race white British/West Indian background, if that is relevant)

ClaudiaWankleman Wed 30-Dec-15 18:10:49

I recently met one (man in his 20s) for the first time. I had never even heard of the name before.

I assumed it was short for Kyle. When I found out it wasn't, I disliked it even more. It sounds like a good name for the green Power Ranger.

SevenSeconds Wed 30-Dec-15 18:12:00

I like Kai. That might date back to my first crush over 25 years ago!

Whatsername24 Wed 30-Dec-15 18:13:51

I know a 19 year old Kai who is lovely and had quite a unique name when he was born, but it's since become a favourite name with chavs (probably thanks to the Rooneys).

I like it because it was a character in a tv show I was a fan of: Kai in Lexx, last of the Brunnen-G.

RunRabbitRunRabbit Wed 30-Dec-15 18:15:50

I know two Kai's.

One is middle class, a bit posh really, and is non-white dual nationality.

The other is white British and his family are what people would probably call chavvy.

They are both primary school age and I never think about their names. They are who they are.

Vixxfacee Wed 30-Dec-15 18:16:23

Nobody ever admits to having a son named Kai on MN do they.

enderwoman Wed 30-Dec-15 18:18:30

My British son who's born in Germany has Kai as a middle name. I wanted a German name that was short and it fit the bill perfectly. In Germany it's not a chavvy name but Wayne Rooney picking it as his son 's name (my son is much older ) and the Kardashians abuse of the letter K has made K names unpopular.

ChessieWebb Wed 30-Dec-15 18:35:49

I really like Kai - it sounds really fresh and nice! enderwoman - I adore it as a middle name smile

DioneTheDiabolist Wed 30-Dec-15 18:37:57

In Northern Ireland Kai is sectarian shorthand for Kill All Taigs. Every time I see it I think of this.

DioneTheDiabolist Wed 30-Dec-15 18:38:49

Sorry, Kill All Irish.blush

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