What does Mckenna mean?
Mckenna \m(c)-kenna, mck(en)-na\ as a girls' name (also used less generally as boys' name Mckenna) is pronounced ma-KEN-ah. It is of Scottish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Mckenna is "ascend". From the Gaelic word "eirghe". Popular use of this surname as a given name is influenced by the similar use of Mckenzie.
For more on this name, see also the related girl name Makena.
Mckenna has 1 masculine form: Makena.
Mckenna is a rare first name for women but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#1226 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Mckenna for girls. Mckenna was first listed in 1991 and reached its peak rank of #177 in the U.S. in the year 2002, and is presently at #233. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Makena, Makenzie (#181 the previous year) and Mckenzie (#145) are the prominent alternative forms of Mckenna (#233 the previous year). These girl names reached the top of their popularity in 2002 (usage of 0.6768%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.6103%, down 9.8%), with the version Makena becoming less in vogue. Makenzie (#181), Mckenna (#233) and Mckenzie (#145) are three of the more chic names for newborns in this compilation. Shown below is a comparison of the usage of Mckenna and related names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Mckenna is alike in pronunciation to Makenna. Like Mckenna, this name is not commonly used.