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What does Kenji mean?

Kenji Pronunciation of Kenji [ken-ji] as a boys' name is pronounced KEN-jee. It is of Japanese origin, and the meaning of Kenji is "intelligent second son; strong and vigorous". Kenjiro (ken-jee-ROH) means "second son who sees with insight".

Associated with: intelligent, strong.


Kenji has 1 variant: Kenjiro.

Creative forms:
(male) Keenji, Kenjit, ..

(female) Kenki, Kenti, ..

Middle name pairings:
Kenji Dev (K.D.), ..

How popular is Kenji?

Kenji is a rare first name for men. Kenji is an equally rare surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Kenji entered the list in 1920-1929 and reached its peak rank of #1149 in the U.S. in 2009, and is presently at #1402. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Benji, Helji, Keiji, Ken, Kenan, Kenedi, Kenlie, Kenly, Kenn, Kennie, Kennt, Kenny, Kenrik, Kent, Kentin, Kentt (see Kent), Keoki, Keoni, Ketti, Rinji, Seiji and Teiji. These names tend to be more commonly used than Kenji.

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