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I love this as a surname, unique and uncommon yet beautiful. I like it as a first name, though I would use it as a nickname.
sardine  1/30/2018
My name is McKenna, but I've gone by Kenna for a long time. I love my name, and so do my friends. I was looking up nicknames that my niece could use for me and one I found was Na Na, or just Na since babies can't pronounce many things. My friends come up with different names for me like Kenanana or Keena, one even calls me Jenna after an autocorrected text. Kenna isn't the easiest name to shorten since it is already so short and often used as a nickname. I have met a lot of McKennas Makennas and Mackennas but so far I'm the only one who goes by Kenna. I love both names though I prefer Kenna. It's short and sweet, fiery and bright, and beautiful. A definition I found for Kenna was good looking which is accurate if I do say so myself. I have a high confidence level and I have ADHD and so the definitions fit me well.
― Anonymous User  9/14/2017
I named my daughter Kenna. I was looking for something different. I had already named her older sister Keelin, so I couldn't give her a common/popular name. I settled on Kenna and I love the name.

She is pretty sensitive about people assuming she is a McKenna or MaKenna - she will flat out say there is no "Mc" or "Ma" in front of her name - lol.

I had never heard or known anyone with the name before I named my daughter, although, about 9 months after her birth, there was a tropical storm named "Kenna". I thought that was very interesting.

Her sister and friends tend to call her "Ken". Her sister has also used the nicknames "Kenny" and "Kendra". Lol Seriously, I thought I chose names where nicknames weren't needed, but I guess I was wrong. :)
katiefaye  1/4/2017
I love this name. When I was younger and looking to change my name, I originally chose Kenna. I wish I had stuck with it. I thought I had made it up at first, but I'm glad I didn't, because it's so pretty and I think more people need to hear it!
dancingbear  1/3/2017
I am named Kenna after my late father, Kenneth. I was born in 1958. My husband and I named our only daughter Kenna. FWIW my father's family ancestry is Scottish. I love this name! It's origin, at least within our family line, is that it is a feminized version of Kenneth.
KennaSenior  11/4/2016
This is my name and I've always loved it! It makes sense that it means 'born of fire' because, as much as I wish I could, I can never seem to calm down or bring myself to follow a rule if I don't agree with it (which often gets me in a lot of trouble :/)

Lol, I remember in kindergarten, I thought it was call Kenna-garden xD.
The_kenna_warbler13  5/9/2016
This is such a cool name!
― Anonymous User  3/17/2016
My name is Kenna, which means 'I am' in South Africa. Used by the BaTswana tribe in the North West Province. Named to special unique daughters. The name bearer requires no further introductions.
tlaki  12/15/2015
My name is Kenna and my whole life I've been called McKenna, I never find any personalized things with my name on it, I was named after my grandpa Kenneth.
kwilliams  7/30/2015
I just came across this post. I am Irish and my grandmother's maiden name was Kenna. It was pronounced kee - na.
Laura rose  12/18/2014
My Daughter's name is Kenna Nicole Ann (and last name). She was named after a very dear friend of mine and her father's. Kenna (Our friend), Kenna, our daughter, and one other Kenna about my daughter's age are the only three I have ever heard of... she gets a little upset when we can't find her name on mugs and key chains (novelty items when we visit places) but she loves her name. Her friends do as well. I bet she gets babies named after her by her friends...
Carey1971  12/13/2014
This is my nickname and everyone pretty much calls me it... I LOVE this name because it is so unique and I have never met anyone else with this name.
TaylorSwift  11/1/2010
I like it! It's short, simple, and pretty. MUCH better than McKenna.
Chrila96  8/10/2010
So I originally commented saying that I'd never met anyone with my name before. I've recently met two little girls named Kenna. The name is experiencing an upswing in popularity maybe?
KennaIsADroid  6/23/2009
That's funny, my husband and I plan on naming our baby girl "Kenna" because my maiden name is Kennedy. I think it's a lovely name!
― Anonymous User  5/9/2009
VERY lovely name! For all of you haters, just lay off, if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say ANYTHING at all.
― Anonymous User  4/12/2009
It can also be a short form of McKenna.
diamondberries  10/1/2008
It just doesn't sound right to me. On the one hand, it sounds like Ken with an 'a' added to it. On the other hand, it sounds like one of these tacky names that sound strange on grown-ups. The name simply lacks all beauty and sophistication.
slight night shiver  4/26/2008
I like this name. It's so much nicer than the tacky and trendy McKenna. It'd be a nice name to use to honor a relative named Kenneth.
Skittsie13  1/10/2008
I just remembered some funny things my daughter, Kenna, has said in her life about her name. In my first memory, when she was about 4 or 5, she's strapped in her carseat going down a country road with me in the car. We passed a freshly harvested cornfield where about a thousand migrating geese were foraging for food. Kenna hollered, "Wazzat?!" I answered, "Geese, honey, those are Canada geese." Silence. Then in a sing-song voice, Kenna started chanting, basically to herself, "Kenna da geese, Mommy da geese, Daddy da geese." I was so overwhelmed with laughter, I had to pull the car over and get my breath back. Funny baby! Well, to this day she is Kenna-da-goose!

The other memory I have was when Kenna was in the 1st or 2nd grade. She came home one day from school looking very introspective. When I asked her what was on her mind, she said, "Mommy, why did you name me after a President who got his brains shot?" I was stunned and bewildered! "What? What do you mean?" "Well, on my cubby at school, there's a card with my first name and last name initial on it and today we learned about President Kennedy." Our last name starts with "D". "Kenna D." Poor kid! Well, since then, she's actually used it to her advantage. When people are one-upping each other at a party or something, Kenna spouts, "Well, I'M a Kennedy!" Funny!
leananshae  11/27/2007
My daughter's name is Kenna, and yes, she was named after my father, Kenneth. At the time, I thought I had made up the name. As I read the postings from ALL THE OTHER KENNAS I have to think you're all not as alone as you thought you were! In our experience though, we've only met one other Kenna and she was a Dutch stewardess. Random, huh? Anyway, we have since found references for Kenna in Scandanavian and Irish. One meant "fire spirit" and the other meant "beloved" (as in the Eng word, "ken"). My Kenna doesn't get the "McKenna" thing too much but she does get asked if she was named after a country in Africa! No biggie. Mostly, her name fits her and she is a vibrant, artistic, spunky, self-possessed young woman (born in '84). It's a pretty name and we all still really love it.
leananshae  11/25/2007
Kenna does mean born of fire, because it comes from the name "Cinaed" (via Kenneth). This is also a nickname for "Mackenzie" or "Makenna/McKenna".
― Anonymous User  5/2/2007
I didn't like having this name as a kid because no one else did, and I wanted to have a name buddy too. :( But I got over it. It still makes me really, really angry, though, when people ask me if my name is short for McKenna.
KennaIsADroid  11/11/2006
There's a musical artist named Kenna.
― Anonymous User  11/11/2006
I heard that Kenna means "born of fire."
little_kit  4/15/2006
A pleasant and much classier alternative to the tacky, overused McKenna.
― Anonymous User  3/19/2006
I was born in 1980. My father's name is Kenneth, so I was aptly named Kenna. My mother's name is Bambi, so I'm glad they chose Kenna instead of Bambina. I've never met another Kenna spelled exactly the same, and most people can't pronounce it correctly. I also can never find personalized things in my name, but there is always stuff for McKenna. I personally love my name, and its uniqueness.
― Anonymous User  10/1/2005
Well my name is Kenna and my father's name is Kenneth. I was born in 1989 and I never met anyone with my name until I was in the 2nd grade and to this day that is still the only person that I have ever met that has my name. Also I have never been able to find things like name tags .. personalized things with my name on them .. unless they were specially made. I never knew where my name originated.
― Anonymous User  12/12/2004

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