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Aidan or Kai?

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user1489696073 Thu 16-Mar-17 20:31:07


We are a Korean family, who have just moved from Hawaii, and are looking for names for our son.

Our top names are Aidan and Kai, I think we will go for one of these smile which do you prefer?

Thank you.

user1489577919 Thu 16-Mar-17 20:42:52


ToffeeForEveryone Thu 16-Mar-17 20:44:25

Aidan smile

Also, you moved FROM Hawaii?!?! To the UK? What can there possibly be HERE that's worth moving FROM HAWAII?!?!

ThursdayLastWeek Thu 16-Mar-17 20:45:38


Kai is dog in Cornish, but I doubt that's relevant to you smile

TheNaze73 Thu 16-Mar-17 20:45:58

Aidan everytime. Kai is a dreadful name

liquidrevolution Thu 16-Mar-17 20:46:46

Kai is a bit chavvy. Footballers wives like it though.

user1489696073 Thu 16-Mar-17 20:50:01

Dog? Kai means ocean to us, such a beautiful meaning.

Hawaii is lovely and we both were born and raised there and it was a tough decision. However, we want our son to see the world! We are also both starting university part-time and wanted to experience that in the U.K. smile one day we will go back and I'll look forward to that day, but London is amazing and we really are looking forward to learning about our chosen subjects at uni.

We are currently living in France until September smile

user1489696073 Thu 16-Mar-17 20:51:10

Sorry what's chavvy?

Wishiwasmoiradingle2017 Thu 16-Mar-17 20:51:33

Kai definitely

buttercup54321 Thu 16-Mar-17 20:52:33

Kai. Prefer Jaiden to Aiden though.

EverythingEverywhere1234 Thu 16-Mar-17 20:55:10

Kai is infinitely nicer than Aiden.
More so because of the meaning it has for you.

EssentialHummus Thu 16-Mar-17 21:00:09


For a bit of background, Kai was the name given by a famous but not very well regarded footballer to his son 10(ish) years ago, took off a bit in popularity, and now is sometimes seen as a bit of a lower class or naughty boy's name. I'm trying to avoid the usual words that crop up around it, but I think the US equivalent would be something like "trailer trash". Having said that, this is one of those times where the Mumsnet verdict is unlikely to mirror real life.

RuthB4 Thu 16-Mar-17 21:08:36

Aiden is gorgeous! To me Kai is chavvy too but having said that i think lots of middle/upper class people name their children Kai too so don't be put off if you prefer that name.

user1489696073 Thu 16-Mar-17 21:09:30

Seems like Aidan keeps being spelt Aiden? Is that a better spelling?

1horatio Thu 16-Mar-17 21:16:34

I like Kai smile It's really, really lovely.

But yes, I do prefer Aiden to Aidan. But Kai is still nicer imo smile

BettyOBarley Thu 16-Mar-17 21:20:19

Aidan definitely

Sugarpiehoneyeye Thu 16-Mar-17 21:27:35


yellowbirdie Thu 16-Mar-17 21:30:09

Kai and Aiden/Aidan are very different names. Aidan every time. I believe the Aidan spelling is Irish.

SoupDragon Thu 16-Mar-17 21:32:15

Seems like Aidan keeps being spelt Aiden? Is that a better spelling?

No, Aidan is the correct spelling.

Sophronia Thu 16-Mar-17 23:02:00

Kai. Not keen on Aidan.

PinkCrystal Fri 17-Mar-17 00:14:55

Kai is lovely. Both are nice.

Bambambini Fri 17-Mar-17 00:20:41

In the UK "Kai" is seen as a bit common and brash. As you're not from here and will probably move on again then you'd probably escspe the usual associations folk have with the name.

SchnitzelVonCrumb Fri 17-Mar-17 00:35:20

Kai means food where I am from New Zealand.

So I say to the kids " Enoho tamaraki kai time"

"Sit down children food time"

GinSwigmore Fri 17-Mar-17 01:08:17

Both are really lovely. The meanings "little fire" and "ocean" are charming. When is he due? (If you really have no preference but he ends up being Aries/Leo/Sagittarius, call him Aidan. If he ends up being cancer/Scorpio/Pisces, call him Kai). no I don't actually believe in astrology, don't worry!

MsJuniper Fri 17-Mar-17 06:45:19

Aidan is a beautiful name, and the correct spelling.

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