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When you hear the baby name Keanu, you likely instantly think of Keanu Reeves. This actor brought this option to the level of popularity that it has today for boys and girls. As of 2020, for instance, it is almost a top 500 name at rank 512.

Meaning of the name Keanu:

Hawaiian: cool mountain breeze

Origin of the name Keanu:

The baby name Keanu originated in Hawaii. It comes from the words “ke” and “anu.” Keanu became popular throughout the rest of America in recent years because of actor Keanu Reeves. He was the actor associated with the “John Wick” movies.

Symbolism of the name Keanu:

The baby name Keanu means “cool mountain breeze” because of the Hawaiian words “ke” and “anu.” The word “ke” translates to “the,” and “anu” means “coolness.” Parents simply combined the two to create Keanu.

Baby name Keanu

Style of the name Keanu:

Traditional

Gender of the name Keanu:

Keanu is a cultural name for boys or girls, more popular among the former.

Pronunciation of the name Keanu:

keh-A-noo or kee-A-noo

Number of syllables in the name Keanu:

Three

Emotion evoked from the name Keanu:

Keanu sounds cultural and natural. It is wholesome and unique.

Alternative spellings for the name Keanu:

  • Keeanu
  • Keianu
  • Keyanu
  • Keahnu
  • Keeahnu
  • Keiahnu
  • Keyahnu

Nicknames for the name Keanu:

  • Kea
  • Anu
  • Key
  • KK
  • Keke
  • Kean
  • Kenu

Popularity of the name Keanu:

Keanu became a top 1,000 baby name in America in 1994 at rank 756, lasting until 2005 when it was number 975. The name came back in 2016, however. It was ranked 974 during that year, and in 2020, it was almost a top 500 option at number 512.

Related names for the name Keanu:

  • Kian
  • Kody
  • Koda
  • Kea
  • Keoni 
  • Kiona
  • Keahi
  • Koa

Great middle names for Keanu and their meanings:

  • McKenna (beloved of Aodh)
  • Keoni (God is gracious)
  • Pali (bird)
  • Kai (sea, keeper of the sea)
  • Mano (God is with us, shark)
  • Aloiki (famous warrior)
  • Andrew (strong, manly)
  • Leilani (heavenly child)

Famous people with the name Keanu:

  • Keanu Reeves (actor, “John Wick”)

Keanus in popular culture:

  • Keanu (character from “Keanu”)
  • Keanu Taylor (character from “Eastenders”)