Meaning and Name Origin
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 information, 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 (#1603 out of 88799, Top 2%). (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Mckenna and related names. Prominent alternative forms of Mckenna (#233 the previous year) listed in the Top 1000 are Makena, Makenzie (#181 the previous year) and Mckenzie (#145). These girl names reached the top of their popularity in the year 2002 and are somewhat less popular today, 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. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Mckenna▲ is alike in pronunciation to Makenna▲. Like Mckenna, this name is not commonly used.