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What does Kenya mean?

Kenya Pronunciation of Kenya [kenya] as a girls' name is pronounced KEEN-yah. It is of African origin. Place name of the country used as a given name.


Kenya has 2 variants: Kenia and Kennya.

Creative forms:
(female) Kaynya, Kinya, ..

(male) Kene, Kenon, ..

Middle name pairings:
Kenya Kora (K.K.), ..

How popular is Kenya?

Kenya is a very popular first name for women (#824 out of 4276, Top 19%) but a unique last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Kenya was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its top position of #352 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, and is presently at #892. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Kenia (#777 from current records) is the only other popular related form of Kenya (#892 from current records). Adoption of these forms of Kenya was common in 2012 and is somewhat less today. Kenya is the all-time favorite, though Kenia is currently the more favored form.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kenya, Kenia in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kenya and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Kenya is pronounced similarly to Canna, Kani, Keana, Keanna, Keeana, Keena, Keiana, Kena, Keni, Kenna, Kennah, Kennia, Keona, Keonna, Kiana, Kianna, Kina, Kinna, Kiona, Kionna, Konny and Quenna. Other suggested similar names are Aanya, Aenya, Anya, Delya, Ennya, Enya, Fanya, Fenya, Gelya, Genaya, Genya, Ginya, Hedya, Inya, Kaeya, Katya, Kaya, Keara, Kecia, Keeva, Keiba, Keira, Kelda, Kenda, Kendra, Kendrya (see Kendra), Kendyl, Kenza, Kera, Kerra, Kesha, Keva, Kevyn, Kezia, Leeya, Lenya, Lesya, Lexya, Leya, Manya, Meya, Nevya, Ogenya, Olenya, Panya, Reya, Sonya, Tanya, Vanya, Veenya, Vinya, Zenya and Zinya. These names tend to be less frequently used than Kenya.

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