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What does Kenan mean?

Kenan Pronunciation of Kenan [ke-nan] as a boys' name is pronounced KEE-nan. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Kenan is "acquire". Biblical: the great-grandson of Adam; an ancestor of Mary, mother of Jesus.

Associated with: biblical, great.


Kenan has 2 variants: Kain and Keenan.

Creative forms:
(male) Kelnan, Kirnan, ..

(female) Kela, Kene, ..

Middle name pairings:
Kenan Azael (K.A.), ..

How popular is Kenan?

Kenan is an uncommonly occurring given name for males but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#30091 out of 150436, Top 20%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Kenan entered the list in 1970-1979 and reached its apex position of #969 in the U.S. in 1997, and is at #1665 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent variation forms of Kenan (#1665 via latest list) are Kain (#1387 via latest list) and Keenan (#931). These relations of Kenan were favored by parents 2 decades ago (adoption of 0.05%) and are now significantly less conventional (adoption 0.02%, 53%), with the form Keenan becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kenan, Kain, Keenan in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Kenan is alike in pronunciation to Cannan, Canon, Conan, Kannan, Kannen, Kannon, Kanon, Keenen, Keenon, Kennan, Kennon, Kenyon, Kienan and Kienen. Other recommended names are Adnan, Annan, Bevan, Brenan, Devan, Ednan, Eunan, Fegan, Felan, Gehan, Heman, Hernan, Iefan, Janan, Jean, Jehan, Jeran, Jevan, Kagan, Kalan, Kana, Kavan, Keagan, Kean, Keanu, Keegan, Keelan, Keen, Kegan, Keilan, Keiran, Kelan, Kelvan, Ken, Kenji, Kenn, Kennt, Kenny, Kentan (see Kenton), Kentin, Kenton, Kenway, Keon, Kernan, Kevan, Keven, Kevon, Kevyn, Keyvan, Kian, Kiean, Kieran, Kiran, Nevan, Regan, Ronan, Tegan, Teman, Tevan, Tienan and Tynan. These names tend to be more frequently used than Kenan.