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The baby name McKenna originated in Scotland and Ireland as a Gaelic surname. There are two names associated with the surname, Kenneth and the Gaelic Cionaodh. Though originally a surname, the name McKenna is a trendy choice for girls in America.

Meaning of the name McKenna:

Scottish: son of Kenneth
Irish: son of the handsome one
Gaelic: son of Cionaodh

Origin of the name McKenna:

The baby name McKenna was originally used as a surname in Scotland for families that began with a patriarch named Kenneth. The prefix, “Mc” or “Mac” means denotes the meaning of “son of” in Ireland and Scotland. “Kenna” is a shortened form of Kenneth.

Symbolism of the name McKenna:

The name McKenna is represented in Scotland by families made from the son of Kenneth. There is a Gaelic translation of this name as well which means Son of Cionaodh. In Irish culture, however, the name translates to son of a handsome person so that it can represent the names Kenneth and Cionaodh.

Style of the name McKenna:

Traditional

Gender of the name McKenna:

Both boys and girls receive the name McKenna. In traditional European background, boys used the name, but in America, it seems that only girls have had the name.

Pronunciation of the name McKenna:

me-KEHN-e

Number of syllables in the name McKenna:

Three

Emotion evoked from the name McKenna:

The baby name McKenna feels youthful and cool. It is a unique name that has strength associated with it as well.

Alternative spellings for the name McKenna:

Nicknames for the name McKenna:

Popularity of the name McKenna:

The baby name McKenna only came to be popular for girls in America in the year 1991. It ascended to the top 200 list from 1999 until 2003. Now, however, the name has gone back down the rankings at number 272 as of the year 2020.

Related names for the name McKenna:

Great middle names for McKenna and their meanings:

Famous people with the name McKenna:

  • McKenna Grace (actress, “Gifted”)
  • McKenna Faith (country music singer)
  • McKenna Kelley (professional gymnast)
  • McKenna Medley (singer, “Saddest Goodbye”)

McKennas in popular culture:

  • McKenna Brooks (name of American Girl doll)
  • McKenna Mendelson Mainline (blues band from Canada)