Name: Kari

Origin and Meaning of the Name Kari

  • Meaning:
    Gust of wind; curly-haired
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    (KAH ree); (KAH reh)
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    English, Norwegian and Icelandic speaking countries
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    As a female name, Kari is the Norwegian form of Katherine, or the short form of the name Karita (Scandinavian form of Charity).

    Kari is also an old Scandinavian boys' name, from the Old Norse meaning "gust of wind; curly-haired". According to Norse mythology, Kari, the son of the giant Gymir, ruled the wind and air. In more modern times, Kari came to be a byname for someone with curly hair.

    Lastly, it is a pet form of Karoly, the Hungarian cognate of Charles.

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