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What does Mackenzie mean?

Mackenzie Pronunciation of Mackenzie [macken-zie] as a girls' name (also used less generally as boys' name Mackenzie) is pronounced ma-KEN-zee. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Mackenzie is "fire-born; son of the wise ruler". The name's development was also influenced by Cainnech, meaning "good-looking". Originally a surname and male name, but actress Mackenzie Phillips has made it popular as a masculine name for girls. See also Kenzie and Mc- names.

Associated with: irish, fire, wise, ruler (queen), good, surname.


Mackenzie has 4 variants: Mackenzey, Makensie, Makenzie and Mckenzie.

Affiliated girl name: Mackenna.

1 masculine form: Mac.

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Middle name pairings:
Mackenzie Dana (M.D.), ..

How popular is Mackenzie?

Mackenzie is a very popular first name for females (#1658 out of 4276, Top 39%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#2515 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Mackenzie was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its apex position of #40 in the U.S. in 2001, and is at #73 presently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular related forms of Mackenzie (#73 in 2015) appearing in the Top 2000 are Mckenzie (#151 in 2015), Makenzie (#210), Kenzie (#277) and Mackenna (#1959). Usage of these relations of Mackenzie reached its apex in 2001 (adoption of 0.81%) and is almost as widespread today (adoption 0.6%, 26%). Kenzie and Mckenzie are two of the more fashionable baby names in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mackenzie, Kenzie, Mackenna, Makenzie, Mckenzie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Mackenzie, Kenzie outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Jackie, Macee, Machelle, Macie, Mackendra, Maizie, Makena, Makenna, Malanie, Malkie, Mandie, Marcene, Marcenia (see Marcene), Margerie, Marjerie (see Margery), Markee, Markie, Marlene, Marleni, Marlenne, Marnie, Maurene, Maxence, Maxene, Maylene, Mazie, Mckenna, Mickee and Mickie. These names tend to be less commonly used than Mackenzie.

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