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Boy Name: McKenna

Name: McKenna
Pronunciation: \m(c)-kenna, mck(en)-na\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy (McKenna's also a girl name)
Meaning: ascend
Origin: Gaelic
Related Names: Makena
Sounds Like: Makenna, McGown, McCain
Variant forms: McKennon


McKenna \m(c)-kenna, mck(en)-na\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name McKenna), is pronounced ma-KEN-ah. It is of Gaelic origin, and the meaning of McKenna is "ascend". From the Gaelic word "eirghe".

McKenna has 1 variant form: McKennon.

For more information, see also the related name Makena.

Baby names that sound like McKenna are Makenna, McGown and McCain.

View a list of the 2 names that reference McKenna.


McKenna is not a popular first name for men and an equally uncommon surname or last name for both men and women. (1990 U.S. Census)

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