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Kekoa

NHALA021Today’s name hails all the way from Hawaii, the beautiful state off the coast of the United States of America. Kekoa has a lovely meaning “the brave one.” This meaning originated from the koa tree, for the old Hawaiians Koa were long-lived monarchs of the forest, protected by powerful gods. The native name “koa” reflects this respect, meaning “bold, brave, fearless and warrior”. Koa trees had deep spiritual significance in the early Hawaiian culture. The upland forests were largely protected by strict kapu systems, and only highly trained specialists, called kahuna, were permitted to enter those forests.

It is pronounce keh-koh-wah, there is also the variant Kekowa.

The only usage of Kekoa, I’ve seen, is in Hawaii. Kekoa entered the top 100 in 1979 at #89 and has since continued to drop in and out of it through the years. So far the highest Kekoa has ranked in Hawaii is #57 in 1995, it is now #100 with only 15 babies named this in 2011.

EDIT: it is traditionally a masculine name

 

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5 comments on “Kekoa

  1. C.B. Wentworth
    April 12, 2013

    What a beautiful name! :-)

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  3. waltzingmorethanmatilda
    April 15, 2013

    Love it – with Koa getting more use now, could Kekoa follow, I wonder?

    • namingthefishes
      May 3, 2013

      I could see it getting used more, it has that lovely vibrant ‘O’ sound among other things. All we need is some celebrity to use it :]

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