Polynesian male names: 50 Polynesian Baby Names Popular In The Pacific

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Polynesian Boy Names starting with K

Look through popular Polynesian baby boy names starting with K. Even the modern pet parent will find inspiration for a great Polynesian name for their cat or dog.

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20 Most Popular Polynesian Boy Names starting with K

  • 1. Keon
  • 2. Kainoa
  • 3. Kalei
  • 4. Kaleo
  • 5. Kekoa
  • 6. Kamakani
  • 7. Kaiko
  • 8. Kaiea
  • 9. Kaikea
  • 10. Kaipo
  • 11. Kalani
  • 12. Kanani
  • 13. Kaihautu
  • 14. Ka’eo
  • 15. Keli’I
  • 16. Keahi
  • 17. Kaihe
  • 18. Kaiapo
  • 19. Kaha’i
  • 20. Kahakea

All Polynesian Boy Names starting with K

    Ka’apeha Ka’aumoana Ka’eo Ka’ihikapu Ka’iimamao Ka’ike’apona Ka’ilinemo Ka’iulani Ka’ohu Kaha’aheo Kaha’i Kahakea Kahakuhale Kahakuloa Kahale Kahana Kahanu Kahaulani Kahauolupea Kahawai Kaheka Kaheka’alohi Kahekili Kahelemeakua Kahewai Kahiau Kahikilani Kahikina Kahikookeakua Kahili Kahoku Kahoni Kahua Kahuna Kaiaka Kaiapo Kaiea Kaiemi Kaihautu Kaihe Kaiho’i Kaikane Kaikea Kaiko Kaimalolo Kainehe Kainoa Kainui Kaipo Kaipo’i Kakahi Kakumulani Kala Kalama Kalani Kalei Kaleo Kaleolani Kalia Kama hele Kamaka Kamakana Kamakani Kamalei Kamani Kamole Kanani Kanoa Kapono Kapua’ula Kapueo Kapuni Kauanoe Kaui Kawaimomona Kawena Kawena’ula Ke’ohi Keahi Keahilani Keala Kealani Kealoha Kealohilani Keawe Keb Keha Kei Keikilani Kekipi Kekoa Kelani Keli’I Keola Keolakupaianaha Keon Kimo Kiritopa Kulani Kupa’alani

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Name Meaning Gender Origin Similar
Afa Hurricane. Male Polynesian
Afi Fire. Male Polynesian
Afu Hot. Male Polynesian
Ahio Whirlwind. Male Polynesian
Ahohako Storm. Male Polynesian
Ahomana Thunder. Male Polynesian
Aisake He laughs. Male Polynesian
Aisea God saves. Male Polynesian
Akolo Fence. Male Polynesian
Alipate Bright. Male Polynesian
Amanaki Hope. Male Polynesian
Anitelu Masculine; manly. Male Polynesian
Eloni Lofty. Male Polynesian
Ema beloved Female Polynesian
Emobi Birth. Male Polynesian
Fainga To confront. Male Polynesian
Faipa Baits the hook. Male Polynesian
Fale House. Male Polynesian
Faleaka Plant house. Male Polynesian
Fangaloka Beach. Male Polynesian
Fangatua Wrestle. Male Polynesian
Fau Tree. Male Polynesian
Fauiki Little trees. Male Polynesian
Fautave Big/tall trees. Male Polynesian
Feilo Familiar. Male Polynesian
Fekitoa Gathering of two men. Male Polynesian
Feleti Peace. Male Polynesian
Filimoeika Enemy of sharks. Male Polynesian
Folau To travel. Male Polynesian
Fuanilevu Great. Male Polynesian
Fuleheu Bird. Male Polynesian
Futkefu Grass skirt. Male Polynesian
Kaimi the seeker Female Polynesian
Kaula prophet Female Polynesian
Lana to float Female Polynesian
Ulani cheerful Male Polynesian

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Let’s talk about the origin and meaning of the main symbols.


Let’s talk about the origin and meaning of the main symbols.

We continue to talk about tattoo styles, and today Polynesia is next in line.
When people talk about «tribal tattoos,» many of the ones that come to mind are Polynesian in origin. Polynesian chieftains wore tattoos as symbols of power, and the designs from which the work was done were not only aesthetically sophisticated, but also told a story about their ancient culture. Now, in modern art, the Polynesian tattoo is very popular due to its ancient history and mysterious symbols.

Origins of tattoo art in Polynesia

Historically, Polynesian tattoo art is filled with distinctive, idiosyncratic signs and symbols that used to indicate a person’s status in a hierarchical society, as well as puberty, genealogy and rank. Almost everyone in ancient Polynesian society wore tattoos.

Captain James Cook was the first explorer to attempt to explore the Polynesian Triangle. In 1771, when he first returned to Tahiti and New Zealand from his first voyage, the word «tattoo» appeared in Europe. He spoke about the behavior of the Polynesians on his journey, which he, by the way, called «Tattoo». In addition, he brought Tahitians named Mai to Europe, and since then the tattoo has become widely known, mainly because of Mai’s tattoos.

Another legend says that European sailors liked Polynesian tattoos so much that they spread very quickly in Europe, as sailors returned from voyages with new Polynesian designs on their bodies.

Tonga and Samoa

It was in Tonga and Samoa that the Polynesian tattoo turned into a very refined art. Tongan warriors were tattooed from the waist to the knees with a series of geometric designs, mostly consisting of repeating triangular motifs, stripes, as well as areas of solid black. Priests who went through a long period of training who strictly followed prescribed rituals and taboos took place during the tattooing process.

In ancient Samoa, tattooing also played an extremely important role in both rituals and wars. Tattoo artists were inherited. The artist usually tattooed groups of six to eight people (usually men) during a ceremony attended by friends and relatives. The Samoan warrior tattoo started at the waist and extended just below the knee.

The pain of getting a tattoo was extreme and the risk of death from infection was a big concern for many people. Men who could not bear the pain and left it unfinished, thereby becoming hermits throughout their lives.

The tattoo session usually lasted until sunset, or until the men could no longer bear the pain and postponed the session until the next day, unless the skin was inflamed. The whole process could take up to three or even four months.

Healing process

This process usually took months. Tattooed skin had to be washed in salt water. Family and friends helped with the healing process because even very simple tasks like walking can irritate the inflamed skin and cause a lot of pain. Within six months, distinctive patterns were beginning to appear on their skin, but it took nearly a year for complete healing.

Polynesian Tattoo Dictionary

Enata This Polynesian motif symbolizes humans and gods. The reverse enata symbolizes the enemy.

Lizard Also depicted as a gecko, this tattoo design represents a creature with the ability to communicate with the gods. It is believed that this symbol brings happiness to the owner.

Turtle This abstract tattoo design symbolizes the balance between the elements as well as universal harmony, health, fertility, longevity, foundation, peace and tranquility.

Tiki This humanoid figure represents the Polynesian demigods. These were ancestors sublimated after death, and they were believed to play a protective guardian role.

Stingray Symbolizes adaptation, grace, peacefulness, danger, dexterity, speed and stealth.

Ocean Polynesians believed that the ocean was their final destination, the place where they would die. Consequently, the ocean has become a symbol of death and the world beyond.

Shark tooth The most popular Polynesian symbol. The shark was considered the god of the Polynesian people. Thus, the shark tooth came to represent guidance, shelter, and strength.

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Fa’afafine: How Boys Become Girls in Samoa

When many boys are born in Samoa, one of them is raised as a girl: they are taught to cook, wash, sew and do other household chores. It is called fa’afafine, which translates as «woman»

Samoa is a country in Polynesia, consisting of only two large islands, but fa’afafine can be seen everywhere here.

Fa’afafine are considered very hardworking and talented, because they apply male power to female art.

Five-year-old Zili is brought up in the family as a fa’afafine. But his mother doesn’t always dress him like a girl.

Dalila Sio

Dalila Sio (above) in her tailoring shop in the capital city of Apia. Once Dalila received the title of «queen of fa’afafine», but she decided to take up sewing and open a store «Dalila fashion».

Tise, 50, has been nursing her brother’s children for many years and almost never leaves the house.

In Samoan culture, the Fa’afafine are fully accepted and not stigmatized. They are usually given masculine names at birth, but are referred to as women, although they are sometimes referred to as a third gender. In churches, the fa’afafine sit on the women’s side and participate in worship services on an equal basis with women.

Gustav, like some of his Fa’afafine colleagues, performs at the Divas of Samoa show in one of the capital’s restaurants. This is a popular song and dance show where fa’afafine sing and dance on stage in extravagant outfits. It attracts many tourists. Often divas of Samoa are invited to neighboring Fiji and Australia. They already have their fans there.

This Vainaley is dancing on his 21st birthday. For the Samoan Fa’afafine, this is the most important date in life and is celebrated like a wedding.

They put on their wedding dresses and invite all their friends and relatives to celebrate their coming of age.

According to Samoan law, Fa’afafine cannot marry, as the law sees them both as men (by birth) and as women (by status in society) at the same time.

Many of them devote themselves entirely to their profession or public service.

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