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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.


Mckenna has 2 variants: Mackendra and Mackenna.

For more information, see also the related girl name Makena.

Mckenna has 3 more different forms via Mckenzie: Mackenzey, Makensie and Makenzie.

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Mckenna name in U.S.

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

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Makena, Makenzie, Mckenna, Mckenzie in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Mckenna is alike in pronunciation to Makenna. Like Mckenna, this name is not commonly used.