First name origins & meanings:
- Hopi Indian: Wise child
- Japanese: Resting place
First name variations: Kaea, Kaja, Kayia
Last name origins & meanings:
- Japanese: ‘miscanthus reed’; rare as a surname in Japan. In
America the name may be the result of shortening any of several other
names beginning with kaya, such as Kayashima, none of
which is common by itself.
- Turkish and Greek: from a
personal name based on Turkish kaya ‘rock’, or nickname for a
tough or obstinate person.
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