Kari Family History
Kari Name Meaning
Finnish: habitational name from farms so named or an ornamental name from kari ‘shoal skerry sandbar’ or ‘rocky place in a field’. Established as a hereditary surname (based on farm names) mainly in Ostrobothnia northern and southwestern Finland and Gogland an island in the Gulf of Finland. Adopted largely as an ornamental name in the name-changing campaigns of the early 20th century (compare Laine ). German: from a pet form of the personal name Zacharias . Hungarian: from a pet form of the personal name Károly Hungarian form of Charles . Indian (Maharashtra): Maratha name of unexplained etymology.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press