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Kardashian baby names: As Khloe, Kylie and Kim prepare to welcome their children, here’s what the names they’ve chosen really mean

The Kardashian family tree grows taller every year, with momager Kris Jenner now boasting six children, four step-children (from Caitlyn Jenner’s side) and six grandchildren – her latest, baby Dream Kardashian, was born to proud parents Blac Chyna and Rob in November 2016.

And with the news that Kim Kardashian is expecting her third child with Kanye West – carried by a surrogate because of the risk to her own health – and her younger sisters Khloe Kardashian AND Kylie Jenner rumoured to be pregnant, there’s set to be even more ‘Dashlets running around in 2018.

So far, none of the Kardashians, or their partners, have picked especially common names for their youngsters.

What do each of their chosen baby names mean? Let’s find out…

Kim Kardashian’s children

North West

Baby North West

The first picture of North West, which appeared on Kris Jenner’s chat show two months after North’s birth

Birthday : June 15, 2013

Parents : Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

In the purest case of life imitating art, North’s name actually came from media reports speculating about what Kim and Kanye would call their first-born.

As Kim later told GQ magazine: “It was a rumour in the press and we’d never really considered it seriously, at all, but Kanye and I were having lunch right over there at that table about a year ago and Pharrell [Williams] came over to us and said, ‘Oh, my God, are you guys really going to call your daughter North? That is the best name.’ I said, ‘No we’re not, that’s just a rumour.”

Kim shared tons of pictures of her baby girl the year after she was born

She then had a similar encounter with the editor of US Vogue, which sealed the deal.

“Then a little while later Anna Wintour came over and asked the same thing. She told us, ‘North is a genius name.’ Kanye and I looked at one another and just laughed. I guess at that point it sort of stuck.”

Kim’s mum Kris Jenner also spoke about the meaning of the name, telling The View: “The way [Kim] explained it to me was that North means highest power and she says that North is their highest point together.”

Nori makes occasional appearances on Kim’s Snapchat

North is usually shortened to Nori when Kim speaks about her daughter.

Saint West

The first photo of Saint West, shared on Kim’s Instagram

Birthday : December 5, 2015

Parents : Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

While many speculated that Kimye would pick ‘South’ for their second baby, they actually went with something… even more ridiculous. Saint is, of course, has religious connotations and goes with dad Kanye’s Yeezus nickname – although there are two schools of thought as to why they picked the moniker.

Saint laughs as mum Kim takes his picture

One is that the proud parents wanted to confirm how much of a “blessing” it was to have a healthy son at the end of Kim’s tricky pregnancy; the second is that it pays tribute to her late father.

“One of the reasons Kim and Kanye went with the name Saint is that it goes perfectly with the middle name they chose, ‘Robert’,” a source told HollywoodLife at the time.

Kim Kardashian, North West
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West out and about, New York, USA - 06 Oct 2016

Kanye West with his boy in New York, October 2016

“Kim has always considered her dad to be a saint. So Saint Robert is ideal.”

However, just like his big sister, Saint doesn’t have an official middle name.

Kourtney Kardashian’s children

Mason Dash Disick

Kourtney holds her first-born son Mason as she walks through the streets of downtown Manhattan in 2010

Birthday : December 14, 2009

Parents : Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick

Mason was the first children born to the Kardashian sisters, with mum Kourtney choosing not to pass on the family tradition of picking monikers beginning with ‘K’. Mason comes from the French for stonemason – someone who builds using stone – and was first used in the Middle Ages. It’s become the third most popular name in the US in 2016.

Kourtney also gave Mason the middle name Dash as a shortened version of her own surname – and the name of the sisters’ popular boutique chain, though Kourtney cleared up those rumours soon after he was born.

Mason cuddles aunt Kim's kitten aged three in 2012

We don’t have Mason in costume, but here he is with Kim’s kitten

“Dash is not for my clothing store, as some people have suggested online,” she told Life & Style magazine in 2010.

“That would be stupid. Dash is short for Kardashian, and it was my father’s nickname.”

She added that Mason was the only name she liked when she was looking at baby names, and said it stuck with her throughout her pregnancy.

Kourtney and Mason laugh as they leave an art class in Calabasas in October 2016

“Right before he was born, I told my aunt we were thinking about going with that for a name. She told me that Mason means the same thing in English that Kardashian means in Armenian — stone worker.

“Another aunt told me my great uncle used to use the name Mason when he made dinner reservations, because Kardashian was too long. When I heard that, I thought, Oh my god, it’s meant to be.”

Penelope Scotland Disick

Kourtney Kardashian

Kourtney carries baby Penelope at JFK Airport

Birthday : July 8, 2012

Parents : Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick

Penelope means ‘weaver’ in Greek and was the name of the character in The Odyssey who waits patiently for 20 years for her husband to return from sea. It can be shortened to Penny, Nell, Nellie and Poppy, although her parents and aunts tend to call her ‘P’.

Kourtney and P seen on August 1, 2013 in LA

Her middle name was also intended as a tribute to her dad, Scott, and was suggested by Kourtney’s grandmother, Mary Jo Campbell, when she was pregnant.

When Penelope was born – like Mason, on camera for Keeping Up With The Kardashians – little Mason was confused by her name.

Kourtney Kardashian takes Penelope shopping in St. Tropez

Kourtney takes P shopping in St Tropez

“Her name is Penelope,” she told him.

“No, her name is sister,” he replied.

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Reign Aston Disick


The first picture of Reign Aston Disick

Birthday : December 14, 2014

Parents : Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick

Reign – pronounced ‘rain’ – is an English version of the French règne, meaning the ‘rule of sovereign’. It can be used for boys and girls, although the female version is usually spelled Reyne.

Aston comes from the Anglo-Saxon name Athelstan, meaning ‘king’, so little Reign actually has two regal-sounding names.

Kourtney Kardashian takes her son Reign to a music class in Beverly Hills, California

Kourtney takes Reign to a music class in Beverly Hills, 2016

Kourtney explained her decision behind the name, saying she has always waited for her babies to be born before she settles on one.

“I actually had the name on our list with Mason,” she told People magazine. “Then with Penelope, I had it on the list but spelled Rain.

“Once I found out I was having a boy, we just changed the spelling again,” she added.

Rob Kardashian’s children

King Cairo Stevenson

King Cairo was born when his parents Chyna and Tyga were still together

Birthday : October 16, 2012

Parents : Blac Chyna and Tyga (Rob Kardashian was his stepfather)

The Anglo-Saxon name King means ruler, although the name actually has Germanic and Old English roots in the word cyng.

Dad Tyga may have been inspired by rapper T.I’s naming of his son Clifford Joseph III, who also goes by King.

Tyga treated his son to a Formula 1-themed fourth birthday party

Tyga has also used the royal title to refer to himself over the years, and his girlfriend Kylie Jenner – who, confusingly, is also aunt to Chyna’s baby girl Dream – has been referring to herself as King since she started dating him.

It’s not known why the parents chose Cairo for the little boy’s middle name.

Dream Renee Kardashian

Chyna and Rob didn’t hesitate to show off Dream to the world soon after she was born

Birthday : November 10, 2016

Parents : Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian

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The youngest member of the Kardashian klan probably has one of the most out-there names. Chyna had said from early on in her pregnancy that she wouldn’t be picking a ‘K’ name just to suit the rest of Rob’s family, and confirmed that both she and Rob were in agreement about it.

Dream Kardashian

Chyna sparked controversy when she put this breastfeeding photo on Dream’s official Instagram account

Chyna has given her daughter her own middle name, Renee

A source told People magazine how ‘Dream’ may have come about, revealing: “Rob and Chyna had the name Dream for a long time. They named her Dream because they’ve always said she’s a dream come true.”

Chyna also passed down her own middle name to her daughter. Renee is from the French for ‘reborn’, and as Chyna’s real name is Angela Renee White, she thought it a fitting tribute.


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