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Origin, Meaning, And History Of Kenna

Kenna is a name of Gaelic origin and is the feminine form of the popular name Kenneth, which means ‘handsome’ or ‘fire-born.’ The name Kenna is also believed to have American roots, where the name means ‘beautiful.’

Kenna, through its variant Kenneth, may be associated with Kenneth Mac Alpin. He was recognized as the first King of Scotland for uniting the Picts and the Scots under one throne in the ninth century (1). Kenna is often used as a given name and a surname throughout Scotland and Ireland as a diminutive of McKenna.

The phonetic spelling of the anime is KEN-a. The girl name variation of Kenna is Kenina, and the boy name variations include Kenneth, Kenny, and Coinneach. The boy name variations are believed to have Celtic roots and mean ‘ruler of the valley.’ In English, Kenna is spelled as Kendra, and a few common nicknames for Kenna could be Keke or Kee.

Kenna is yet a popular name in the pop culture world as its variants. However, it has been used for a couple of characters, which include Kenna Orders, a character from the fantasy book series The Selection Series by Kiera Cass, Lady Kenna from the drama TV series Reign, and a doll named Kenna from The Groovy Girls doll line by Manhattan Toy.

Many well-known personalities have Kenna as their surnames, some of them include Jack Kenna, who was a Gaelic footballer and winner of three railway cup medals, and Edward Kenna, an American soldier who received the highest British honors decoration Victoria Cross.


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Handsome; Fire-born
1 word, 5 letters, 2 vowels, 3 consonants
Short and easy to pronounce

How To Pronounce Kenna?

Pronounced as ken-na

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Listen to the sound of the name Kenna in English.

Kenna On The Popularity Chart

While it was fairly uncommon initially, the name Kenna began to gain popularity in the 2000s. See the graphs below for further details.

Popularity Over Time

The name gained popularity very slowly initially on the chart but picked up momentum in recent years, reaching 402 babies per million in 2021.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

Similar to its popularity, the name started ranking well on the ranking chart before it started doing well in 2000, constantly appearing among the top 1000 names.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Kenna

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Popular Sibling Names For Kenna

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Boy Sibling Names For Kenna

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Girl Sibling Names For Kenna

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Other Popular Names Beginning With K

Looking for more baby names starting with the letter K to resonate with your family’s naming tradition or to rhyme with the sibling names? Find a range of alternative names starting with this letter.

Names With Similar Meaning As Kenna

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the meaning of the name Kenna?

The name Kenna means ‘fire born.’

2. What is the origin of the name Kenna?

Kenna is of Scottish origin.

3. How to pronounce the name Kenna?

Kenna is pronounced as ken-na.

4. Is Kenna a rare name?

No, Kenna is a popular name. In 2022, the name stood at rank 681 in the US (1).

5. Does Kenna have any special astrological or numerological significance?

According to numerology, the name Kenna is associated with destiny number 9, personality number 3, and soul number 6. These numbers indicate that individuals with the name Kenna can be kind, creative, and generous. However, these may not be true in everyone’s case.

6. What are some suitable middle names that complement the name Kenna?

Middle names with a similar meaning can complement Kenna. Some options include the Japanese name Aimi and the Norse name Frida both meaning ‘beautiful.’ You may also try names that can make a meaningful combination when paired with Kenna. The Arabic name Rasha meaning ‘young gazelle,’ and the Aramaic name Talitha meaning ‘little girl,’ can pair well with Kenna.

7. Are there any famous landmarks or places named Kenna?

Not famous in the traditional sense, but two unincorporated communities in West Virginia and New Mexico are named Kenna.

8. Are there any famous individuals or notable personalities named Kenna?

Kenna Zemedkun is an American musician and philanthropist who is known for his music track ‘Say Goodbye to Love.’ He is also the founder and producer of the Summit on the Summit clean water initiative.


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