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What does Kenna mean?

Kenna Pronunciation of Kenna [ken-na] as a girls' name is pronounced KEN-ah. It is of American, Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Kenna is "fire born; good-looking". Feminine of Kenneth, probably influenced by Jenna.

Associated with: irish, fire, good.


Kenna has 4 variants: Kenina, Kennette, Kennia and Kennina.

Affiliated girl name: Kendra.

3 more alternative forms via Jenna: Genna, Jena and Jennah.

Creative forms:
(female) Kelna, Kenka, ..

(male) Kenka, Kennoa, ..

Middle name pairings:
Kenna Pamela (K.P.), ..

How popular is Kenna?

Kenna is a very prominent first name for females (#1925 out of 4276, Top 45%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#15473 out of 150436, Top 10%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Kenna entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its peak rank of #676 in the U.S. in the year 2015. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kenna name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kenna outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Jenna (#298 from current records), Kendra (#342), Kenneth, Jennah, Jena and Genna are the prominent related forms of Kenna (#676 from current records). These relations of Kenna were popular as baby names a decade ago (median #1101) and are now significantly less popular (#1330, 74.7%). Kendra has been the most prevalent, though Jenna is currently more regularly used, while forms such as Jenna are now somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kenna, Genna, Jena, Jenna, Jennah in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kendra, Kenneth in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jenna, Kendra outside U.S.

Similar Names

Kenna is pronounced similarly to Canna, Conni, Conny, Kani, Kayana, Keana, Keena, Keiana, Kenia, Kennya, Kenya, Keonna, Kiana, Kiani, Kianna, Kina, Kinna, Kiona, Kionah, Kioni, Kionna, Konny, Qiana, Queena and Quenna. Other recommended names are Anna, Deana, Deanna, Deena, Denna, Deona, Donna, Gena, Hanna, Hena, Janna, Karenna, Kecia, Keira, Kelda, Kenda, Kendal, Kenza, Kesha, Keva, Keyne, Lena, Lenna, Leyna, Linna, Lonna, Meena, Mena, Nenna, Penina, Penna, Ranna, Reanna, Sanna, Sena, Sienna, Teanna, Teena, Teina, Tena, Teona, Teyna, Tunna, Vanna, Venna, Verna, Wanna, Yanna, Zena and Zenna. These names tend to be less commonly used than Kenna.

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