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What does Kenan mean?

Kenan Pronunciation of Kenan 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


VARIANTS Kain, Keenan

(male) Kelnan, ..

(female) Kene, ..

Kenan Bryant (K.B.), ..

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 #1338 currently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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?

Prominent variation forms of Kenan (#1338 VIA LATEST LIST) are Kain (#1279) and Keenan (#926). These relations of Kenan were favored by parents 2 decades ago (ADOPTION OF 0.05%) and are somewhat less conventional today (ADOPTION 0.03%, 44%).

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 sound-alike 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.