Unisex Names: Kaino

kaino

A unisex name with a quiet personality. From Finland, it’s Kaino.

MEANING AND PRONUNCIATION OF THIS NAME

This name is taken from an adjective meaning “timid,”“modest,”or “coy.”b
It is pronounced KIE-no (‘IE’ like eye and ‘o’ like chore but shorter).

HOW POPULAR AND UNISEX IS KAINO?

According to data from the Population Register Centre (which counts both first and middle names)c, Kaino was slightly popular for both genders in the early 20th century (2,134 and 2,823 people has Kaino as their first or (one of the) middle name(s) from 1900-1939), but became uncommon (and, ultimately, rare) after the 1940s. In the 2010s so far, there are a total of 42 people with Kaino as a first or (of the) middle name(s) born in that decade.
Looking at the gender ratio overall and time periodsc:

Periods Male Female Total Gender ratio
Before 1900 28 51 79 64.557% fem.
1900-1919 1,226 908 2,134 57.451% masc.
1920-1939 1,428 1,395 2,823 50.584% masc.
1940-1959 266 246 512 51.953% masc.
1960-1979 26 17 43 60.465% masc.
1980-1999 14 9 23 60.870% masc.
2000-2009 17 15 32 53.125% masc.
2010-2017 25 17 42 59.524% masc.
Total 3,030 2,658 5,688 53.270% masc.

The table above tells us that Kaino, overall, is more or less unisex, even if you look at the ratio in time periods like, say, 1920-1939.

What do you think of this name? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below the sources.

Sources:
Wiktionary on ‘kaino’ – https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/kainoa
Arminen, K V, 1914. English and Finnish Dictionary. 3rd ed. Hancock: Finnish Lutheran Book Concern.b
http://verkkopalvelu.vrk.fi/Nimipalvelu/default.asp?L=3c

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