The first name Kari is female and male.
The girl’s name Kari is a Norwegian diminutive of Katharina or Karin. In Finnish, Kari is a short form of boy’s names ending in “-kari” e.g. Makari, and in Danish, Kari derived from the Old Norse masculine name Kári. In Switzerland, Kari is a diminutive of Karl and in Japanese ist is a short form of the unisex name Hikari.
Deriving from Katharina and Karin, Kari means “pure”. In Finnish, Kari means “blessed” or “happy” and in Danish it means “curly-haired”. Besides, Kari means “free man” (from Karl) and “light” in Japanese.