As a distinctly asexual name, its usage in popular culture has risen in recent years to give the named character an air of androgyny. Such characters commonly have overt androgynous qualities as well.
A similar name, in terms of both pronunciation and meaning, is Kaori. It is used exclusively for female.
People named Kaoru include:
Fictional characters named Kaoru include:
All names (except for Kamiya Kaoru) are in western naming order.