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What does Kennan mean?

Kennan Pronunciation of Kennan [ken-nan] as a boys' name has its root in English, and the meaning of the name Kennan is "ancient". Kennan is an alternate form of Keenan (Irish, Gaelic): see also Kenan and Keane. Kennan is also a variant of Ken (English).

Associated with: ancient (old).


Kennan has 5 variants: Keenen, Keenon, Kennon, Kienan and Kienen.

4 more relations via Keenan, Ken: Keen, Kenney, Kennie and Kenny.

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

(female) Kenana, Kenen, ..

Middle name pairings:
Kennan Deklan (K.D.), ..

How popular is Kennan?

Kennan is an uncommon given name for males but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#42677 out of 150436, Top 28%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Prominent alternative forms of Kennan (outside Top 2000) rated in the Top 2000 are Keenan (#931 in 2015), Keenen, Ken (#1751), Kenney, Kennie, Kennon and Kenny (#890). These relations of Kennan reached the top of their popularity 6 decades ago (usage of 0.1%) and have become significantly less widespread since, with versions such as Ken becoming less fashionable. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Keenan, Keenen, Ken, Kenney, Kennie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kennon, Kenny in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Kennan is alike in pronunciation to Cannan, Cannon, Conan, Kannan, Kannen, Kannon, Kanon, Kenan and Kenyon. Other suggested similar names are Annan, Brennan, Denman, Donnan, Fernan, Hannan, Hernan, Keagan, Kealan, Kean, Keegan, Keelan, Kegan, Keilan, Keiran, Kelan, Kellan, Kelvan, Kendal, Kendon, Kenn, Kennady, Kennard, Kenner, Kennet, Kennt, Kentan (see Kenton), Kentin, Kenton, Kenway, Kernan, Kevan, Keyvan, Kiernan, Tannan and Tennant. These names tend to be more frequently used than Kennan.

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in meaning and etymology.