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Mackenzie is one of the prettiest names you can give a little girl.
-- Anonymous User  4/7/2005
I'm quite upset to see this Irish surname being used as a first name, especially for girls, when it does in fact mean "Son of".
-- lala  4/10/2005
This is my nine year old son's name. Not very popular then, and now it is mainly a girl's name. This irks me as the meaning of Mackenzie used to be "son of the wise ruler".
-- taraspooner  5/5/2005
I hate this name on a young lady, but it sounds great on a boy.
-- mariej2  6/14/2005
I apologize for my previous input. I don't quite care for this name on a girl. All of the girls I have met named Mackenzie have not been the nicest. I also don't like it on a girl because of its meaning.
-- mariej2  12/16/2005
I'd have to say, the name definitely sounds better for a boy.
-- lone_dreamer  7/22/2005
J. K. Rowling, writer of the Harry Potter series, has a daughter named Mackenzie. And I think it can be used for both genders.
-- amortentia  8/4/2005
Mackenzie is a hideus name for a girl. Why name your daughter "son of" anything! It is stupid and ignorant.
-- Anonymous User  8/22/2005
I am an African-American female who is 17 and my name is McKenzie. I like my name a lot and my friends can actually say that they do not know another McKenzie. The only downfall is that people always think McKenzie is my last name or refer to me as Spud McKenzie.
-- mck522  10/3/2005
I named my daughter Mackenzie because it is unique and beautiful. Yes, I know the meaning but didn't Courtney originate as a boy's name? Time for change people! I do not know any boy's or girl's named Mackenzie so obviously limiting it to one sex will only ensure its eventual demise. So instead thank me for being so open-minded.
-- croberts  11/26/2005
Mackenzie is not a unique name, it is 43rd most popular as of 2004 and rather trendy. I think it's a nice last name but not nice at all for a first name.
-- visitor27  3/1/2006
Why give a girl a name that means "son of Coinneach?" Because it's a pretty name.
I don't think terribly many boys named Mackenzie have fathers named Coinneach. Lots of common names mean wierd stuff. Cecily is from a Latin word meaning blind. The meaning doesn't necessarily have to be accurate. Aesthetics and culture are more important.
-- Luckyninja  11/28/2005
I think it's a strong name for both a boy and a girl. Famous person - Mackenzie Rosman from 7th Heaven.
-- NatashaReynolds  12/9/2005
Mackenzie Crook is an English actor best known for playing Gareth Keenan in The Office.
-- Anonymous User  12/23/2005
According to people who believe that a person's name describes their personality, a person named Mackenzie's personality would be: calm nature, likes to think things through, will be sucessful.
-- Rockos_Modern_Life_1  12/23/2005
I think this is a really nice name for a girl. I think it sounds pretty cool with Raine, Rain, or Rayne as a middle name. If my name was Mackenzie I would probably have everyone call me Mac or Kenzie.
-- flowerkate  12/30/2005
I think it's a beautiful name for anyone. (And I think it's a shame that anyone would criticize the name of anyone reading this site.) However, when I had a daughter, I simply removed the Mac and named her Kenzie. Definitely unusual.
-- Anonymous User  1/10/2006
Ben Mckenzie plays Ryan Atwood on FOX's The OC. (Mckenzie is actually his middle name)
-- october_bay  2/26/2006
I know a 4-year-old girl with the name Mackenzie Isabella. "Mackenzie" is an adorable name for a girl. Never for a boy. It is much too feminine nowadays, but perhaps would have suited a male years and years ago. It is not "stupid and ignorant" for those girls who bear it. Regardless of the meaning, it is now a girl's name, and a beautiful one at that.
-- Pheadirean  4/16/2006
A last name is not a proper first name for a child. I feel sad for children never given an actual first name. This name is masculine anyway, particularly improper for a baby girl.
-- greta-elisif  4/16/2006
Trendy names irritate me, not because you can't switch around the gender of a name, but because parents seem to think they're the only ones who have concluded the name is unique, until they come across ten of their child's classmates with exactly the same name.
-- Smog  4/18/2006
I hear the name MacKenzie and immediately think of a boy. The nickname Mac would be great for a boy. I think it is too masculine for a girl.
-- Anonymous User  4/25/2006
It reminds me of Spuds Mackenzie, the spokesdog for Bud Light back in the 80's. I also think that this name is WAY too trendy and popular.
-- Brenna  5/6/2006
I like this name, prefer it for a boy though.
-- Anonymous User  5/10/2006
I think the name Mackenzie is great for a girl. Using the reason that it is supposed to be a boys name doesn't work. How many names do we hear everyday that we think of that were originally one gender and now more often used for the other. Kelly for instance is more common for a girl now but it was originally a boys name, also several names that go both ways. When I think of Mackenzie I think of someone who is playful and fun to be around. That is my daughter's name and she is a great kid with a great personality and the only one I know of. Also she has never had another Mackenzie in her class at school.
-- terrid  5/23/2006
I think anyone who knows the meaning of this name and still gives it to their daughter is insane. You can't justify this, no matter how feminine you think it is. I pity any girl cursed with this name. Just because you don't care about the meaning, does that mean she won't? What's more, this is a great masculine name. This is just my opinion.
-- Mithos514  5/31/2006
I wanted to puke when I heard my cousin had named her newborn daughter Mackenzie (or however she spells it). It's a fluff name, and lacks originality, as it seems every little yuppie girl is getting named that these days. It was cute to start with, but not when everyone has it and doesn't know or care what it means.
-- Anonymous User  6/14/2006
In my opinion, it's way too overused. Also, the meaning is obviously masculine. Doesn't look like Mackenzie is on the top 100 list for girls in Ireland.
-- arrowhead909  6/16/2006
While everyone is entitled to their opinion, perhaps you should limit it to whether you prefer it as one gender or another. The lack of tact in these comments is what depicts the ignorance of society at large. My daughter's name is Mackenzie Mallory. If you look up all the meanings, it also means child of wise leader, without given a gender. So for all you ignorant people, it does have female connotations also. It is beautiful and tactful. Unlike you and your hideous, uneducated, narrowminded comments. This is my opinion. When you have your own child name it what you will. But make sure you do the research, someone may slam your child's name without knowing it has a beloved gender related meaning!
-- Anonymous User  6/20/2006
Sorry, those meanings are false.
-- Anonymous User  6/23/2006
To people who think Mackenzie is a name that would curse somebody, that is my first name and I have NEVER felt cursed with my name. It is a beautiful name. Much better than something more common like Britney or Samantha or Taylor. That is truly being cursed. AND I have NEVER ever had anybody in one of my classes with the same name as mine. I know of one person with the same name as me. And as for Mackenzies not always being the nicest, yea, not true. I find myself a very nice person. I feel blessed with my name. Much better than something like Bertha or Myrtle or something butch and ugly. So really, if you name your child Mackenzie I guarantee you, you won't regret it. Oh, and yuppie girls? No no no. Mackenzies are not yuppie girls. That would be someone like a Britney. But that's not my point. The meaning of my name, "son of Coinnich", yea. How many people are the son of Coinnich and I have heard several other meanings for Mackenzie. This is not the only one. Nobody named Mackenzie should feel "cursed" or be pittied on. As for puking, I don't think I know one person who has wanted to spew their lunch from the sound of my name. Really, it's not that bad being "cursed" with this name. I recommend this name to anybody having a child.
-- crchic08  6/28/2006
First of all, if you considered yourself a "nice person" you wouldn't start insulting other names like Samantha, Britney and Taylor. Second, any other meanings you've heard for Mackenzie are false, and the only meaning is "son of Coinneach." The other "meanings" are simply fabricated ones pulled out of thin air by mothers who desperately want to name their children something "unique" and give it some meaning like "wise leader of the forces of good" or some such thing that it definitely DOES NOT MEAN. Try to accept this, and also to accept that your name is JUST AS TACKY as Taylor for a girl, which I happen to think is much prettier than Mackenzie anyway.
-- Anonymous User  8/4/2006
Wonderful name for a boy, meaningless name for a girl.
-- FairyGirl  7/2/2006
It's an ugly, trendy, and trashy name. Imagine "Nanny Mackenzie", "Grandma Mackenzie", GROSS. Not liked in America because it's not in the Bible.
-- Anonymous User  7/2/2006
Mackenzie is my name (Mackenzie Roxanne). According to my mother, my first name is masculine in case I wanted to be a writer or a professional (I would be taken more seriously) and my middle name is my fun girly name. She said that when whe named me Mackenzie it was very rare--the idea was my Irish father's--and even though she wanted to name me Katherine she knew as soon as she saw me that I was a Mackenzie.
-- Ceyx54  7/7/2006
I'm very upset to see the meaning of this name. I don't think it is masculine at all. Until this very moment, if I ever had a girl, I was going to name her Mackenzie, in fact it was one of the only girl names I like. Most names have been ruined for me because of people I have had negative experiences with. I think Mackenzie is a cute name. They should change the meaning. Who would name a boy Mackenzie? It's like naming a girl George.
-- Anonymous User  7/17/2006
Naming a girl Mackenzie is like naming her George - got it. "Son of" = masculine.
-- Anonymous User  8/22/2006
This is the first name of the actor who played Ragetti in Pirates of the Caribbean. I love it because I thought it was just a girl name, then I found out that the funny guy with the wooden eye from Pirates of the Caribbean is a bearer of this name. Then I thought, "Hey, that's a pretty cool name for a guy!"
-- Ecky  7/23/2006
Rubbish on a girl and a completely boring choice.
-- Anonymous User  7/29/2006
A seriously ugly name, especially for a female.
-- Anonymous User  8/8/2006
Grow up, people. We come here to comment on names - it's not a personal attack on those who have that name. If you're not mature enough to refrain from "well, my name is/I named my daughter MacKenzie and it's so pretty and feminine and unique so there" comments then I suggest you go elsewhere. I personally think it is absolutely ridiculous to name a girl this and I'm not going to apologise for my opinion - it's all very well to say it's beautfiul and unique but a) it means "son of" no matter how "pretty" you think it is and has an incredibly masculine sound (and guess what? no matter how many girls are named this, it will continue to do so) and b) it's NOT unique - it's trendy, extremely popular and yet another name that's been pinched from the boys. Just because some of us realise that this is not a good name for girls, doesn't make us narrow-minded and others open-minded - it just means we don't follow trends like sheep, and have some respect for the meanings and origins of names.
-- Anonymous User  8/8/2006
This is my favorite name for a Girl. It can be for a sophisticated woman, or a playful one. And anonymous user, yes, you are being narrow-minded for not letting parents name their children whatever they like. Yes, Mackenzie originated as a male name. Yes, it means "son of." But at the time that Mackenzie started turning into a first name, women were considered second-nature. Do you see any names meaning "Daughter of"? So I think parents should be respected for whatever choice they make -- we live in a modern world now, people!
-- LoveTheNameMackenzie  8/12/2006
Ok first of all there are names the mean "Daughter of". Cordelia is one example. I think this is a great name for a boy. The only Mackenzie I knew until last year was a boy. Yes we live in a 'modern' world, but it is also a rather ignorant one. You don't think that the people here who say, "This name is so pretty and graceful for a girl, it could NEVER be used on a boy now" are being closed minded to the history of the name and a traditional Irish heritage. I am not against names from other backgrounds, but be respectful of what the were intended to be. The name Mackenzie CAN be equally used for a boy or girl in the same way that Isobel could be used for a boy or girl. For those of you who find yourself so daring and unique I challenge you to use a more uncommon and even slightly feminine name on a boy.
-- Anonymous User  8/15/2006
"Women. Second-nature"? Tell me, LoveTheNameMackenzie, don't you mean "second-class"?

Yes, there are many feminine names that are derived from masculine names, but what about names like Mary, Elizabeth, Bronwen, Brigid, Aine, Helena, Ludmila, and the like? There are plenty of feminine names that began as feminine.

And to those who don't know how the Gaelic surname system works, there have been prefixes for both genders: "mac" ("son"/"son of") for the males; for the females, you had "nic", which is a contraction of Irish "iníon mhic"
and Scots Gaelic "nighean mhic" both of which mean "daughter of a son of". It was more complicated in the past than we do now.

For example:
Eòghan Mac Cionnaich (Ewan, Son of Kenneth)
Sìne Nic (iníon mhic/nighean mhic) Chionnach (Sheena, Daughter of a son of Kenneth)

The Nordic countries (Especially Scandinavia) had a similar tradition. For example:
Karl Olafson (Carl, son of Olaf)
Astrid Olafsdottir (Astrid, daughter of Olaf)

There is a greater history than meets the eye. Sure, the system is mainly patrilineal, but it's more complicated than that.

And, lastly, I'll be frank: Mackenzie is a disgustingly trendy name. I am tired of seeing these trendy used for children just because it looks and sounds nice, just because it's in style, thinking that they are being unique and then find out that every fifth person has chosen the name. Trends come and go and the result is that children are left with these ill-fitting names and have to deal with them for a lifetime, finding how badly that trendy names age. I would choose something more substantial and practical if I was choosing a name, something that grows wih the child.
-- gaelruadh19  1/16/2007
This is not a girl's name. It is one thing for a name like Courtney, Evelyn, Beverley, or Leslie to switch from a "masculine" name to a "feminine" name. It is quite another for a name with "son of" in its roots to be used on a daughter. Mackenzie, Mckenna, Emerson, and Addison are NOT feminine names. No amount of usage by people with no regard for the meaning or origins of the names they give their children is going to change this. Masculinity is ingrained in the name itself.
-- Anonymous User  8/28/2006
You might as well name your daughter John or Matthew, this name is very masculine and completely ugly on a girl.
-- Anonymous User  9/4/2006
A famous bearer of this name is the beautiful and talented young actress Mackenzie Rosman who plays the character of Ruthie in the television series "7th Heaven."
-- Anonymous User  9/23/2006
Saying that it is ok to name your child a male name because other names started out like that is just adding fuel to an unfortunate fire. But my problem with this name is not that it is masculine (which it is) but that it is a surname which people will regret naming thier children in a few years. It is nothing but a fad and those who say it is unique, just wait. It was number 43 for a reason. These kids will be in school soon enough and then you will realize how severe this plague really is.
-- stuckonstupid  10/3/2006
I happen to love the name Mackenzie and it is appropriate for a boy or a girl.
-- BMack01  10/23/2006
To me, this is a last name. Although I do like the nickname Macca.
-- bellaboo  10/23/2006
Mackenzie is a masculine name. I'm astounded that people are even debating the fact. As other informed individuals have already pointed out, the prefix Mac means 'Son of' and Kenzie is simply a corrupted, Anglicized form of Coinneach.

MacKenzie means 'Son of Coinneach' - nothing more, nothing less. It has no other meaning. Ask any scholar of Gaelic/Gaelic-derived names and they will tell you exactly the same thing.
-- Anonymous User  10/27/2006
*sigh* Whatever next? Will fashion-sheep start calling their daughters Cuthbert or Frederick in years to come?
-- The_Rogue  11/2/2006
I love the name MacKenzie for a boy. It is too rugged and handsome sounding for a girl. Are there any boys names out there that aren't being overtaken for a girls name? I also love the nickname Mack, very masculine nickname.
-- Anonymous User  11/2/2006
Well, since we're sharing opinions, I'll add my $.02. I think it's extremely tacky to appropriate someone else's surname just because it "sounds good." I also think it's disrespectful to take said surname and then spell it Kr8ivleigh. (The worst offender I've seen is Kennahdee! Yuk!) Even if people don't have respect for a name's history and etymology, at least spell someone else's surname correctly. And to the person who stated that by the time Mackenzie was used for girls they were already second nature (did you mean second class?) so there were no feminine meanings, that argument doesn't hold water. It's not as if Mackenzie has had a longstanding tradition as a female name. In fact, it has only shown up on the naming charts in the US since the 80's. Personally, I think Mackenzie is a clunker of a name that will severely date these children. (As a surname, it's awesome.) Also, someone else here mused if Frederick would eventually become a feminine name. I doubt it because it's the trendy names that turn unisex and have the plethora of spellings -- not the classics.
-- Anonymous User  12/7/2006
This is a very beautiful name for girl. As another wise person below said, many names have originated from male names. I do not think it's arrogant of someone to name their child this especially since some people don't look into the meaning of the names.
-- Anonymous User  12/22/2006
It's a great name for a boy, but ugly on a girl. I know about 5 female Mackenzies and 1 male Mackenzie.
-- Szaturnusz  12/29/2006
I totally hate this name. Sorry to everyone who likes it. Don't attack me; I'm just voicing my opinion.
-- xKatiex  1/3/2007
I really like this name, I have a good friend that is a boy named Mackenzie but we call him Mack and a good friend named Mackenzie that is a girl. Also my niece is named that so I really like that name for a girl and not as much for a boy, but I do like it shortened to Mack.
-- chantal1994  1/8/2007
Most feminine names come from masculine names. People have been giving their daughters feminized versions of masculine names, and the masculine names themselves, for generations. Also, someone said something about not being able to imagine a Grandma Mackenzie. Well, people thought the same thing about Shirley, Dorothy, and Betty when they became popular for baby girls. Finally, surnames were popular first name choices at the turn of the last century as well. Just look at Milton and Sidney. Are we to assume that every boy named Milton was a descendent of Miltons? Most likely, their parents just liked the way it sounded, much like many parents feel about Mackenzie. Names evolve over time. Yes, they all have origins and arbitrary meanings attached to them, but what it most important is their present relevance.
-- KrisMichelle  1/15/2007
Mackenzie Philips is a famous bearer of the name.
-- KrisMichelle  1/15/2007
My name is Mackenzie Marie, and I really like it for a girl. I think it depends on where you live, and the names around you. Because it is my name, I have a hard time picturing it on a boy, I think it sounds feminine; but I still know it is a boys name. I think it could be a good name for both sexes, but nowadays it is mostly a girls name.
-- Anonymous User  1/25/2007
That's some debate. Check the popularity charts for Mary and you'll see that it was once a popular name for boys.
As for second-class WHAT IS WITH YOU PEOPLE? Do we live in a society where classes rule, with people having butlers and servants and acting better than anyone else? Certainly not - not even in England where I live and *some* Americans stereotype us to be. Second class is just an ignorant statement in itself, and you're calling the bearers ignorant? I bet if you were a bit older you'd be saying the same about all the little Betty's and Polly's and Shirley's etc maybe even Ethel but now they are known as mature names and I'm sure one day most children will have granparents like Grandma Ashley, Ma Tiffany or Grandmother Mackenzie and it will seem normal.
Again, it is not the child's choice of what name they are given and what if for example a child is given their grandmother's maiden name or something BECAUSE IT MEANS SOMETHING TO THEM. You have no interference with people's choices because you probably will refuse or simply will not understand these choices. Meaning, I mean how many people in the everyday world actually look up their friend's name meaning? Especially not school children. Anyway names can be changed, and legally. Or just go by the middle names. I like this name for boys and girls and I am certainly not ignorant, I know what it means but I refuse to care because in today's society people should be able to do as they please. Besides this "trendy" name is a lot better than Jayden or Kalisha or Tyler, in fact using this name honours the heritage by using it, and showing it's beauty, not showing any disrespect to it all. And sterotyping someone by their name is ignorance. Every Britney is a yuppie? Get over yourselves. I think some users on this site need to grow up - and this is coming from a fifteen year old, darn. Stop stereotyping and get on with your life. Mackenize is a beautiful name, and if you're calling JK Rowling ignorant you've got another think coming. She's more successful than you'll probably ever be.
-- Anonymous User  2/1/2007
Mackenzie would be a really nice name for a boy. Too bad it's more commonly used for girls now. Mackenzie's an ugly name for a girl.
-- 7up  2/6/2007
KrisMichelle - I was thinking up my response to the negative comments regarding Mackenzie as a feminine name and you took the words right out of my mouth.

Remember a time when the word babe meant infant? Or when gay meant happy? What about when parents started naming their daughters names such as Rose, Pearl and Winter?

Unisex names date back to at least the middle ages so how can this naming practise be considered 'trendy'? Also, how literally can we take name meanings? Claudia = lame. Marie = bitter. Both are beautiful, established names.

Of course, that's not to say we should all name our children 'Flower' or 'Happy' because it sounds nice but each to their own. If you don't appreciate Mackenzie as a feminine name, don't give it to your daughter. Simple as that.

Having said all that, I appreciate this name for a girl. :)
-- Belle  2/17/2007
Gosh all this carry on over a name. If you don't like it don't name your child it! That simple! Might I remind you of the name Kelly. A very popular girls name that is actually a boys name, and an Irish surname, like Mackenzie, to be exact.

And as for this trend stuff. Hello people I'm sure you follow trends. What was in 50 years ago isn't in today. Do you see any babies named Myrtle or other names that your great grandma might be called, ok maybe a very small percentage. But the point is times change and trends change and baby names are one of those trends. Names come and go and this name is currently in but just because it's in you don't have to like it. Does everyone like pizza, no.

So I'm pleased to say I like the name Mackenzie and could see it used on a very outgoing girl.
-- Anonymous User  2/18/2007
My name is Mackenzie and I am proud of it. I am a girl and have lived all 13 years of my life happily with the name. No one ever tells me it's a boy name, they just have trouble remembering it. It is a unique name where I live, no one in any of my schools was named Mackenzie when I was there, though I have met two Kenzies. I am part Irish and my parents feel the name can go either way. If you haven't already figured it out, it is my first name. Everyone who's commented to me said they thought it was a beautiful name. Sometimes my friends and I talk about names, and they think I have a pretty name. I have never met a guy named Mackenzie, it seems like it's turned mainly female. No one pictures the name Mackenzie as a guys name. I don't see the big deal about how it means son of, not many people know what it means, so why is it such a big deal. Many girls are taking names that are best known for mens names, the parents like how it sounds. Mackenzie sounds like a girls name, and is a beautiful first name for a girl. A name is chosen by how it sounds, the letter's flow, the feeling the parents have when they say it, and what comes to mind. Many feel it is a beautiful name for a girl because of these, but the factor of if it is a good name for them or not is purely up to the one who bares it. I like my name, it's beautiful, worth remembering, easy to recognize when written, and is fun to play with, if you don't like it or how it sounds on someone that's fine, but don't go spitting at it, a birth name fits a person in some way or another, it was given to them for a reason, no ones forcing you to name anybody it, if it suits the person and they are happy with it that's all that matters, say who you think it's good for, but don't stick your nose up at the ones you think it's bad for, the names there, they like it, it's not for you to decide if it's bad for them, that is between them and their parents. Don't be a jerk, keep to your own affairs!
-- mackenzierose1  3/2/2007
I named my daughter Catherine Mackenzie (Mackenzie is her middle name) and we call her Mackenzie. I love it because it sounds like a strong name, and is pretty in my opinion. As far as its meaning goes, yes it does mean son of, so it wasn't meant for a girls first name 1000 years ago. But for people to say that anyone who names their child a certain name is ignorant and stupid, I have to say I really feel sorry for you. You may not like it but that is just hateful to say something like that. I would hope this website would be to encourage and enlighten others with positive feedback even if you don't like it you can certainly say that but use kinder words. Thanks.
-- laytongirl  3/7/2007
Clearly, not too many people love the name Mackenzie. But I've always liked this name - I picture a very athletic redheaded girl who has a sparkling personality.
-- Jasmine  3/12/2007
This is the name of my baby cousin. Mackenzie Rose, and at first I wasn't all that happy about her being named this, probably because some people on here are so adamant that it should be a boys name. I personally think this may be too feminine a name for a boy, just because of the female connotations that go with it.
-- skatergirl2  3/23/2007
Know that Mackenzie used to be a boys name and now everyone is going crazy about it being a girls name, but when you think about it, it used to be a last name, and people didn't go bonkers when people started using it as a boy's name, so why such a reaction when it is used as a girl's name? Actually, nowadays, a boy named Mackenzie would be made fun of for having a girl's name. We need to learn to change with the times and accept the modern world.
-- my2cents  4/2/2007
I love this name especially for a girl. It's beautiful and rolls off the tongue so easliy. This is the real name of the lady in the tv soapie PASSIONS playing the role of SHERIDAN. Her name is MACKENZIE WESTMORE. I love it!
-- CLAUDIA 20  4/3/2007
I think most of you who say it is a bad name for girls are completely sexist. My name is McKenzie and I love it, along with all of my friends and family. It's a strong name, and beautiful name for a girl. Times are changing boys, girls are more powerful than when the name first originated. So get over yourselves.
-- mckenziexsue  4/6/2007
When my gorgeous little niece was born I practically smacked my sister around the head when she named her MacKenzie. I've always thought of it as a brand name and nothing more. But it's grown on me now and I'm horrified to find I actually like it.
-- Luangi  4/12/2007
Like the name for a boy, not too fond of it for a girl. Yea Kenzie is a cute girly sounding nickname but the Mac part sounds too masculine. Oh and the meaning also makes me think otherwise when naming a girl this.
-- Anonymous User  4/19/2007
I just tell people it means "child of the handsome one". It's the same thing.
-- Anonymous User  4/26/2007
Jeeze, people! Can't you tell how insulting your comments are to others, especially women? "I hate this for a girl. It should be a boy's name." Lighten up! Cultures are different. You might know male Mackenzie's, but I've only known female Mackenzie's. It doesn't have to be one or the other.

And while it is nice to know the origin and meanings of names, people don't exactly carry around encyclopedias to make sure your name befits your gender.
-- WhiteButterflied  7/13/2007
Maybe parents should "carry around encyclopedias". It isn't like one day the say "gee we have a kid what should we name it?" they have 9 months to research and decide both their own opinion of the name and the social impact it will have on the child. This is an important decision and to imply that parents don't think is sad, but when parents name their children this I must agree that the probably didn't.
-- stuckonstupid  7/15/2007
Personally, I think this is an ugly name, for either gender. I also think it's too trendy. (shields self)
-- Anonymous User  8/6/2007
I honestly thought this was a girls name, just because I had never heard it for a boy. But when I read that it meant "son of Coinneach" and that Coinneach meant "handsome", I realized this was a much better boy's name. I would consider naming my son (if I ever have one) Mackenzie. Just because you rarely hear it for a boy these days.
-- joanie2007  8/9/2007
Why this name became so popular for girls is beyond me. I find it very unfeminine and harsh-sounding.
-- lady murasaki  8/13/2007
Mackenzie is only for males, but the name has got to the point of being a "unique name for my little girl!". What's unique about it? It seems like it's increasing in popularity, and for a girl, it's butt-ugly, and doesn't age well at all. Whereas for a boy, it's irreisistable and so handsome! Plus, the nickname Mack is great! Mackenzie also ages perfectly on a guy. Seriously people, go name your daughter something different. She will thank you.
-- spaz123  8/29/2007
I don't particularly like the name Mackenzie but I think people are being unfair and childish by saying it's a horrible girls name just because it means "son of Coinneach". Who is this Coinneach person anyway! I think it's stupid to call a name because it has a bad meaning and means "son of". Lots of good feminine names have a "son of" meaning such as Addison, Mckenna and Madison.
-- xxlaurasxx  9/19/2007
Those are all masculine names as well.
-- NiamhWitch  10/30/2007
Another idiotic name. This belongs on spoiled brats from Beverly Hills.
-- johann14  9/25/2007
I think that Mackenizie is not a good name for a girl. Nor for a boy. It is a surname and it should stay that way.
-- mhavril39  10/20/2007
Mackenzie has been turned into such a feminine name, and I think it's better on a girl. I don't see the problem with naming your child something that you like. So long as the name isn't something like "Ugly" or "Cocaine", all that really matters is the child's happiness.
-- dreadfulxsorry  10/27/2007
I love this for a boy, I don't like it on girls. I do know a few girls named this though.
-- tigerlilly  12/17/2007
My husband's name is MacKenzie. He was born in 1980, and his parents used Scotch-Irish names for all their children. While his name was very uncommon at the time he was given it, we all know that it has risen in popularity as a girl's name. As a substitute teacher, I at least come across a girl with this name once in a day and sometimes more than once in a given class.

I think that this name can work for both boys and girls, despite the intended meaning. In some ways I think that it's a shame that a masculine name has become feminine, because I personally tend to take in great consideration the meaning of names. However, some traditionally male names: Shannon, Ashley, Kelly, are very nice for both male and female. So, I think "MacKenzie" is suitable for both genders.

As for my husband, his name fits him. He mostly goes by the nickname "Mack" which makes his name more masculine to combat the now common feminine use. Unless one's surname has Scotch-Irish roots, one may want to avoid naming a boy "MacKenzie" until the female trend dies down. I think it frustrates my husband and his parents that his name has turned so female. But a nickname "Mac" or "Mack" would fix that.

People do have the right to name their children whatever they want, and I do think that Kenzie is a cute nickname for a girl.
-- Anonymous User  1/3/2008
What a dainty wee princesse's name *coughs uncontrollably*
-- Anonymous User  1/25/2008
This name is sooo childish. This name is for little kids not a grown-up.
-- jasmineenimsaj  2/20/2008
Gee. So much hype over a name. Anyway, Mackenzie is clearly a boy name. I mean SON of anything couldn't be for a girl, right? Is your daughter your son too? I sure do hope not. I personally wouldn't use this name because it is trendy and popular and foo-foo and such. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't name my daughter something like Bertha or Sally, but Mackenzie is way too popular and just rather ugly to me.
-- DaniRose  3/28/2008
Don't get me wrong -- I have a proclivity to like classic and old-fashioned names like Daphne, Adeline, and Eloise. But I disagree with the commotion over the meaning of Mackenzie. I think that it shouldn't matter what the name means as long as it has some significance towards the parents. Perhaps the parents were Canadian and named the girl after the Mackenzie River. Perhaps it was the grandmother's maiden name. Endless possibilities.
-- wordybookworm  4/12/2008
I just know that I will get verbally attacked for my opinion, but I like it for either gender. I myself do not know anyone personally with this name, but adore it for a girl. I would love to name my daughter this one day in the future, despite its meaning. Reading all of the comments, I can see that many people have made valid arguments over this name, so I won't bother repeating them. I don't feel the need to justify my opinion for loving the name for a girl and I shouldn't have to. Naming a girl this will not damage you in any way, so why put his much effort into slandering the people who do? Look at J K Rowling - is she ignorant and stupid? Clearly not, she is one of the most famous people alive today, and is extremely well-read. She still named her daughter Mackenzie.

The bottom line is - no matter how many people criticize this name, people will still give it to their daughters. Why? Because they like it. Because they think it suits them. Because it has a special connotation with them. I'm not saying that you can't have an opinion, but do you really have to be rude at the same time? Why not put that energy into something a little more useful?
-- Lucia_Swanne  4/12/2008
I think this name sucks on both sexes, and it should be preserved as a surname. However, if you're going to use it, I think you should use it for your son. For the reasons people have mentioned, this name is simply logical on males, not females, and it really does NOT sound cute or feminine, and neither is it spunky or edgy. The name is so overused that it will sound awfully bland on tomboys, androgynous young women, and indie rocker girls and women alike, and it certainly isn't a good name for a cute little girl or a feminine woman, let alone an ''ordinary'' woman past the age of, well, 25. The name actually sounds quite infantile, and it makes me think of some horribly dressed children from the 80s for some strange reason!
-- slight night shiver  4/28/2008
If you have this name and you like it that's great! We all have our own opinions - I however don't like it at all. To me Mackenzie sounds like a disease. It also sounds like a name someone would pick if they thought they were being cool, but didn't know how.
-- KayeKiLa  8/12/2008
Will everyone PLEASE stop bashing MY name!? I am a 16 year old female, and I LOVE my name! It's unique and beautiful! My nickname is Mac, I used to hate that name, but I think it's fun to rhyme it, some people call me Mac Attack (It's my volleyball nickname)! I spell it Mackenzie, and I hate it when people capitalize my K or spell it without an A! It's muh-KEN-zee not MICK-en-zee!
-- UnicornMacMac  8/20/2008
I hate this name. I think of a McDonald's order. I also think of some little girl on a bizarre TV show called Rocket Power who had this name and said hilarious things like "I'm an edible! I eat kids like you for breakfast! GRRR!" That little girl pops up in my head when I hear this name.
-- bananarama  8/27/2008
I'm 14, my name is MEKENSIE. I have never seen my name on a keychain, or any of those personalized things, but I love my name, even if people misspell it! I haven't found one person that has the same spelling as it. ♥

Oh yeah, and I also hate when people call me Mac. Cuz that's not how MY name is spelled. Mekensie. Not Mackenzie.
-- buttheadami  9/4/2008
I know an adult McKenzie (way ahead of the pack) who hates her name. Maybe it's having to share it with a wave of kids and teens that makes it worse. Date, date, date this will.
I'm lying in wait for a McGyver and McMillan. There's NO difference.
-- Anonymous User  9/15/2008
Feminine is listed before masculine now? Oh, sad day. I love this name on a boy, and just don't understand why so many people have named their daughters a name that means "Son of."
-- Anonymous User  10/24/2008
I chose Mackenzie as my first choice of name for my unborn daughter, but eventually decided that I didn't want kids to give her the nickname Mac. But I loved the name so much, I first shortened it to Kenzie, which is pretty but didn't seem to be a name a grown woman would eventually appreciate. So then I changed the ending -zie to -na and got Kenna, her name today. But I'll always love the name Mackenzie.
-- leananshae  10/24/2008
I find it pathetic how people are bashing this name. It's okay to have your opinion, but don't let down other people just because they disagree with you. -.-
Anyways, I think this name sounds good on both genders--I have a guy friend named Mackenzie. I know a few girls named Mackenzie as well, and their name suits them, so... *shrugs*
-- CanadianChibi  10/27/2008
Are people still debating this one? Of course, what a stupid question.

This, like Madison, is going to be like the Jennifer of the 00's although unlike Jennifer, has lots of testosterone and chest hair.
-- Anonymous User  11/23/2008
I seriously don't like this name, or the spelling or the way it's pronounced. The fact that this name is sooo overused and heard everywhere you go. I mean no offense to all those by this name, but I just detest this name. Again, I hope I didn't offend anyone.
-- _0TophasNails_1  12/2/2008
I think that the name Kenzie is WAY better for girls than MACkenzie! It doesn't have "son of" added on to it, and it seems cooler.
-- Anonymous User  2/5/2009
Trashy. Also very popular with people who use the term 'unique' incorrectly, it would seem.
-- vomiting  4/16/2009
I just don't understand why people think it's a common name now. I only know 2 (maybe 3 if I think hard enough) other girls my age that have this name. And they're both spelled differently than mine. I think it IS rather unique because you can come of with so many variations of spelling and pronunciation.
-- UnicornMacMac  5/25/2009
Anecdotal information is interesting but I'd hardly pay more heed to your little experience over the SSA list data. Factoring in the versions and intentional misspellings make mainstream common. Unique is an absolute. You can't get slightly unique or a bit unique. It is or is not. The name Mackenzie is not. It defies logic to call it unique.

Why do so few people understand the meaning of this word?
-- Anonymous User  5/29/2009
BORING BORING BORING! Horrible name for a girl!
-- Anonymous User  6/7/2009
I have always liked this name, although never loved it, and grew up thinking of it as a boy or girl name. A friend of mine, who has always been like an older brother to me, is a guy named Mackenzie. He was born in the late 80s, long before this name became trendy, and has always gone by the cute nickname Mackie, which still suits him even now in his twenties!
-- KillYourEgo  6/17/2009
More popular for boys in England by far. W00T!
-- Anonymous User  7/23/2009
My son's name is MacKenzie and I think it's a wonderful name. I don't so much care for it for a girl, because to me it sounds masculine. Choosing a name for your child is very personal and we all have our reasons. He was born before the influx of MacKenzie girls, and I appreciate that someone might want to name a daughter this name, just not me. However, I will say, to judge a name because it's a last name is ridiculous. Almost all first names are attached to someone somewhere as a last name. Jacob, Michel, and even female names like Elizabeth (and I'm not talking about actress Shannon Elizabeth-that isn't her last name.)
-- saraharthur  10/13/2009
This name is absolutely horrid. It is way too overused, and implies a trashy hillbilly. The only Mackenzie I have ever known was a brat. This name is the equivalent of barbie. I think I shall vomit.
-- lillyanna  10/16/2009
This name is AWFUL on a boy or girl. Of all the names I've ever heard this one makes me cringe. It sounds trashy and is boring.
-- Anonymous User  10/21/2009
This name used for girls upsets me only due to bad experiences with a Mackenzie, but I still love it as a last name and a middle name for boys.
-- ema_kala  10/24/2009
I love the name Mackenzie. I think it sounds like a princess or queen name. Princess Mackenzie or Queen Mackenzie. I just like saying it.
-- macy218  10/25/2009
Princess Mackenzie? Queen Mackenzie? REALLY?

I think I've had my laughs for the day.

Poster you are dreaming. Only in the world of Barbie (or Disney) could that be possible.
-- Anonymous User  1/15/2011
I don't understand why everyone is freaking out over the original meaning of this name. No one's going to judge your daughter because her name means "son of" something. If you don't like the way this name sounds, that's a different story. But to say that this name is a bad name for a girl simply because it originally meant "son of" is just a bad argument. There is a lot more to a name than its original meaning. Are you going to name your son Steveson just because he is the son of Steve? Certainly not. And you're not going to name your child Mackenzie because it means son of Cionneach. Whether your child is a boy or a girl, the reason for choosing this name would not be because of the original meaning. Even if your son is named Mackenzie, he was not named so because he is not the son of Cionneach. Perhaps there is a personal reason to name your child Mackenzie, or you find the sound of this name beautiful. Whatever the case, you should NOT refrain from naming your child Mackenzie simply because it originally meant "son of".
-- Anonymous User  11/5/2009
I think this name is horrid. It seems extremely ugly to me. It's not the least bit nice, and I can't see how on earth this name is very popular!

(I've never met anyone with this name, thus I do not have this opinion through associations!)
-- -Julia-  11/20/2009
I don't like this name. I don't care if you use it on a boy or a girl. Because, let's face it, Mackenzie sounds masculine on a girl. But if you put it on a boy it's all feminine because so many girls are called Mackenzie now. So it's just been spoiled on boys and girls for me.
-- ListenToAsuka  5/3/2010
I don't really like this name, and not because it's masculine. Quite the opposite actually. It's just so... cutesy and overused. Blah.
-- Chrila96  7/28/2010
Father MacKenzie is a character in the song "Eleanor Rigby" by The Beatles.
-- Anonymous User  8/12/2010
I love this name for a guy, it's rather handsome. It's rather bland on a girl.
-- Chrila96  11/3/2010
One of the ugliest and least feminine names you could ever force upon an innocent baby girl.

Would the nickname be Mack, or Kenny, I wonder?
-- keepitreal  1/7/2011
I can't believe some people are putting forth the argument that because some names change genders, it's OK to name a girl McKenzie. Yes, names like Courtney and Vivian have switched from male to female ... and that's fine, because there's nothing inherently male in their meanings. But McKenzie (and any other Mc/Mac name) is a patronym. It's a male-line surname. It means SON OF Kenneth. Never "daughter," only "son." That's why it's ridiculous to give the name to a girl.
-- AMR71  1/12/2011
The unfavorable reviews here, or anywhere else on this site, are NOT written to "bash" people who have particular names, but to share opinions, give people a view of the zeitgeist, & give advice to parents considering using them for babies. So all the offended MacKenzies can stop thinking everything is about them, them, them, because, really, very little is about any one of us.

This name, as is, & any other that is a surname in meaning, is inappropriate as a given name, for either sex. Since "Kenzie" is Anglicized Gaelic for "Coinneach," a male name, & English speakers tend to have trouble with Gaelic, "Kenzie" is an entirely appropriate name in English-speaking countries, for males ONLY. In order that one may obtain new, proper names Modern English in form, this sort of extraction may be done with any number of surnames, especially Irish, & many English ones may be used as are; just examine the meaning.

Anyone wanting to call me sexist for staking out "Kenzie" for boys may start following this silly name-gender mixing principle by naming his or her sons something such as Priscilla, Nancy, & Tiffany. >: }
-- greta-elisif  1/14/2011
I have two more impressions: 1. I agree wholeheartedly with the comments so far about trendiness; it should be avoided in general (lower class, distasteful, anti-aesthetic) & this name oozes trend. 2. The "Mac" part of the name, the nickname spoken as "Mack"/"Mac" much more so, & most especially the nickname written as "Mack" have the connotation of "Mack Truck." I would consider this just tolerable in a boy's name, but repulsive in a girl's.
-- greta-elisif  1/14/2011
There is an NFL player named Mackenzy Bernadeau.
-- Anonymous User  1/29/2011
I'm sorry, but I was looking through the comments here... and felt like I was being attacked on all sides. Yes, my name is Mackenzie. Yes, I'm female. The only problem I've ever had with my name is that no one can spell it (people prefer to use a capital 'K' and/or leave out the 'a'). My mother's only regret is how trendy it has become. That being said, I've only known two others with my name: one boy, one girl, both spelled differently from mine.
Yes, my name means "Son of". I don't care. It's never effected me. No one has accused me of being too masculine, butch, or whatever the current term is. No one has assumed I was a male.
Yes, it was originally a last name. I have only been teased about this once. In a geography class when we learned about the "Mackenzie River". It's never come up since.
... And I've read a few comments here that says (or implies) "Mackenzie is an ugly name for a girl". I have been constantly praised for the beauty of my name. I know, most (decent) people would never comment to a person's face that their name was ugly. But if they make the time to say, "You have a really pretty name", I personally would like to believe them.
There's a duality to the name Mackenzie. Both male and female. Is it wrong that I choose to interpret my name as a strong yet pretty name? Reading most of the comments here makes me feel that way.
Okay. This is my rant. I apologize in advance if I make anyone angry. You are, of course, entitled to your own opinions. Here is mine. Please respect it.
-- Anonymous User  1/31/2011
Reminds me of a spoiled ditz, especially on a girl. It's a surname, not a given name. It doesn't even sound like a one. Would you name your child MacDonald or McGuire?
-- Louska  2/1/2011
By that logic, no one should name a child Jackson or Benjamin, as both of those names mean "son of ______." Where do you think most surnames come from anyway? They start out as given names denoting the identity of the father, be it his name, occupation or place of residence.
-- Atarah Derek  6/27/2011
I'm not completely sure if your comment was intended to answer mine, since I didn't say anything about the meaning of this name. But anyhow.
While there are many first names that derive from surnames, turning surnames into given names still doesn't work as naturally as it would the other way around. And when the name in question has an obvious "surname trait", like an "O'" at the beginning or an "s" at the end, it really sticks out as a surname. Which, to my mind, in turn makes it sound too weird as a given name.
-- Louska  2/6/2012
Why on earth would you give a girl such a masculine name? You wouldn't name a girl Jackson, Because it has SON in it, than why the hell Mackenzie? Mack and Ken are even boy names!

Only used on a girl by ignorant morons. Period.
-- FlakyMatt  5/21/2011
I am both of Irish decent and educated so I was not "ignorant" when naming my daughter MaKenzie. Maybe for some people name choices have a deeper meaning than that of the centuries old meanings, while yes these are fun to look up and know, are irrelevant in most circumstances. For instance my name means "goddess of wine" you don't see me going around trying to making people bow down to me as a deity because of my names so called "meaning". Seriously! If you don't like the name fine but I've known people named strictly feminine names that didn't care for their names more than those with non gender specific names. Just my experience and opinion of course. I do hate how over used and "trendy" the name is but it fits my daughter and it's no more overused than Jennifer and Nicole or Ashley have been.
-- Anonymous User  5/23/2011
Mackenzie is the name of the dad in the book, The Shack.
-- Ryry1996  5/31/2011
My sister's name is MacKenzie, after the Scottish clan from which we're descended. While I love her name, I think if I ever use this name on a daughter or female character, I'll call her NicKenzie instead. "Nic" means "daughter" in Gaelic, and I think NicKenzie sounds like an interesting and pretty variation of its masculine-history counterpart.
-- Atarah Derek  6/27/2011
I strongly dislike this name. On a girl it sounds rough and overly-modern, without class or culture. I can stand it on a guy, but even then I still find the -zie ending cutesy and child-like. As for the argument that other popular female names (i.e. Courtney, Ashley, Kelly...) started out male too, that doesn't hold water. None of those names have a specifically masculine meaning like "son of Coinneach". And that's all it means, by the way. Not "child of wise ruler" or "child of the handsome one".
-- Black_X  7/11/2011
I remember reading some of these terrible comments years back when I was much younger and wanting to cry at how horrid they made me feel about myself. We don't choose our own names, but they are a part of us. I would just like to remind those who wish to comment that young girls and boys ARE reading this, and words DO have power.

That being said, Mackenzie is a strong Irish name that anyone, boy or girl, should be proud of. I love my name, especially paired with my last name. Mackenzie is a name people remember.

And in the grand scheme of life, WHO CARES what the original meaning is anyway? I never meet a Connor and assume he's a dog lover... and my cousin Jennifer is by no means fair and white.. get over yourself people.
-- MackenzieMcCann  7/19/2011
To the Mackenzie girl who wrote above me: Sorry, but the point of these boards is to give your honest opinion on the name Mackenzie. No one is going to only say nice things about a name. People are painfully honest and you'll have to accept that. I'm glad you love your name, though. It's GREAT to have confidence like that! (: I used to hate my name, and recently I've started loving it, and let me tell you, it just makes me feel so much better about myself in general! :D

Anyway, back to the name: I have really mixed feelings about this name. Some days I find it adorable for a little girl and sounds like a little princess's name, and other days I find it too harsh, childish, and masculine. I've decided this name isn't for me, but I think people hate on it way too much. It isn't truly that bad. Sure, it's a little childish, and it's meaning is odd for a girl, but it has some cute nickname options.

I kind of like it for a boy, though. And Mac is an awesome nickname.
-- LittleSamGirl  8/3/2011
There was a bratty little girl on the show "Rocket Power" who had this name.
-- Anonymous User  8/14/2011
Strange name for a girl. It's a surname rather than a name.
-- Meg_Simpson  11/13/2011
I like this name. My name is McKenzie, spelled differently, but I just have to say that I love the name and so glad that my parents named me it. First of all, the meaning of the feminine version of McKenzie, "Daughter of a Wise King" or in some other translations "Daughter of a Wise Leader." If you are using it as a guy's name then it is "Son of Kenneth."
I like this name because it is pretty and it has so many nicknames (I'm big on nicknames) hidden within. Kenzie, Kenz, McKenz, Zee, McK, etc.
Thanks everyone for your comments. It's nice to know what people think of my name.
-- Mc_Kenzie_  8/10/2012
8/10/2012 (the anonymous one, although both of the messages seem to be from the same person): No, the meaning doesn't change just because someone uses the name on a female child. And where do you even get all those meanings from, numerology or something? Daughter and son are different words. Origin doesn't change.
-- Anonymous User  9/30/2013
Mc-Kenz-ee
Meaning for girl: daughter of a wise king, fair one
Meaning for boy: son of Kenneth, witness.
-- Anonymous User  8/10/2012
My name is Mackenzie, spelled like the boy version. My mom chose this name for me because one she saw that the masculinity of the boy version of the name was stronger and more powerful than the girl version. By girl and boy version I mean the spelling. The girl spelling would be McKenzie or Makenzie. Two the meaning of the name was son of the wise one and while I am a girl I am the daughter of a wise one. Ha ha!

I love my name especially with my middle and last name. Its really feminine, even with my first name being a boys name. I love how I have a ton of different nicknames like Kenzie, Ken, Mac, Zee and all of my family on my moms side who call me Spud after Spuds Mackenzie.

Some people think this name is really bad for a girl but I think this name makes the girl stronger at heart having such a strong name. I know everyone has a different opinion on this beautiful and strong name but I know that no matter what I will ALWAYS love my name.
-- MackenzieLynn97  9/5/2012
Mackenzie "Mac" Rendell is a character on the Canadian sci-fi show "Primeval: New World". He is portrayed by Danny Rahim.
-- Fray  2/19/2013
My name is Mackenzie and I love it. I don't like people calling me Kenz, Kenzie, or Mac. My name's Mackenzie say it right. It doesn't matter if a boy or girl is called the name or not. It's not offensive at all. Get over it!
-- mackenzienoelle  3/20/2013
This name is adorable, if your daughter is going to be 6 years old forever.
-- Anonymous User  7/21/2013
American actress Mackenzie Foy. Poor girl, she's too cute to have a name like this.
-- Anonymous User  8/24/2013
I had to look up the origins and meaning of my name for a project, and was kind of disappointed to stumble upon this. While I know my name is traditionally a last name, I have always loved it, because it's uncommon where I live. I did see that Mackenzie means son of Coinnich, but I also saw that it holds a second meaning, which is fire-born. Which I thought was pretty cool, and very fitting for me personally. I love my name, and I think it fits me personally. I think we're given the names we have for a reason, and arguing that girls shouldn't be named this and that it's an awful name for a girl seems kind of silly to me.
-- Anonymous User  11/15/2013
I am not a fan of this name. To me it is over used and sounds masculine. I would never use this name for a daughter simply because of the meaning. The fact that someone would choose to name a daughter "son of" anything makes me think they didn't bother to do their homework when naming that poor child. I'm sure this is not always the case, but I have found that girls named Mackenzie tend to not be particularly intellectual.
-- LadyEleanor  1/4/2014
I dislike this name for either gender. It's very trendy and reminds me of the brand 'Mckenzie' which I tend to only see adorning the tracksuits worn by chavs.

I find it particularly ridiculous on a girl. Would you name your daughter Johnson or Richardson? If not, then why Mackenzie? Just because 'mac' means 'son' in a language other than your own, it doesn't make it ok. It's not just an odd meaning you can ignore, like 'blind', 'horse lover', 'goddess of wine' etc- it literally means 'son of'. To disregard the fact is very ignorant and arrogant.
-- Anonymous User  1/18/2014
Okay I am tired of hearing crap being said about my name! Would you please stop. You guys say that it is a common name and that all Mackenzies are typical white girl trash and we are not. I don't know anyone else that has the same name as me. I am not a typical white girl either. I hate coffee and I don't own a single pair of ugg boots or yoga pants and I live on a farm with cattle and horses that I love more than anything in the world and I wouldn't want to change that to be anything different. I consider my self a very nice person but if you try to do anything to me I will kick your butt. So please stop putting down this name becuz not all of us act like white trash robots that malfunction without uggs and starbucks.
-- 9l9kenzie  2/10/2014
Meaning for girl: daughter of a wise king, fair one
Meaning for boy: son of Kenneth, witness.

Hello everyone. My name is Mackenzie. I am a fourteen year old girl and I LOVE my name. For all of you people saying Mackenzie can only be for a boy and cannot, what so ever, sound good on a female, I will tell you are all wrong. Although that may be your opinion to think that, it's not mine.

Unlike most of the people on this page, I grew up with the wonderful name of Mackenzie. I never got bullied, never got called a boy nor has anyone ever called my name stupid. Well, until I read this page.

So far, this is the year 2014. There are many Mackenzie's out in the world that are girls. I have NEVER in my life met a boy with the name of Mackenzie. It can be used for both sexes, as you saw at the beginning of the comment. I just simply wanted to see what the GIRL DEFINITION, that's right, there's two meanings, of my name people. Not to read hateful comments of bias people's opinions of how every girl Mackenzie is 'rude' or 'dumb' or acts like they have no common sense what so ever. Well I'll tell you this. This 4.0 GPA, above grade level eighth grader, who has been told, by many, is talented GIRL MACKENZIE, just schooled all of you.

I also don't know how many of you noticed, but all of the haters leaving harmful comments about how the name Mackenzie is 'ugly' on a girl and how every female Mackenzie is 'rude and stupid' is called Cyber-Bullying people. I was so hurt by some of your comments I had to set the name right.

BYE!
~Mackenzie.
-- Apersonsname  4/25/2014
Aspersonsname 4/25/14 Okay, you didn't "school" anyone, but you did give me a good laugh. There isn't a female meaning to Mackenzie. It's just one name with one meaning. Sorry. Also, someone saying the name is ugly is not "cyber bullying." It's actually disrespectful to people who get actual hate comments to call that bullying. You seem a bit immature.

That being said, I like Mackenzie for a girl. But you shouldn't get that upset if I didn't. It's a bit of a strong reaction, don't you think? And I'm 15, by the way. There are actually a lot of young name nerds on this site.
-- hattie98  4/28/2014
@hattie98 4/28/2014

The fact that say you are 15 and are stating that there is NO girl's definition for the name is a bit misleading. Actually, the Gaelic definition of the name had been amended to fit both male and female. It doesn't matter that you do or don't like the name for anyone, but the fact that you felt it so necessary to comment back to the Mackenzie comment before yours and bash it. It was a bit rude and as someone who knows the frustrations, I get where she was coming from. It's better to open your mind to the way other people might feel rather than trying to start something on the internet to make yourself look cool or whatever it was you were trying to do. It wasn't the fact of her commenting on those who don't like the name, it was about the rude comments that continue to be made about it for no REAL reason. I'll admit, the internet bullying bit was excessive, but the point was the entire message as a whole. People are people and your comment really had no legitimate relevance at all whatsoever to hers besides the idea that you were trying to make her feel bad about what she said.

And @Apersonsname 4/25/2014
Way to get back at those who are disrespectful towards something we love. I share the name and some of these comments are quite excessive and are pretty rude when talking about a name. As those of us who share the name, we take pride in it and that's okay, but no need to be angry about it! Let them think what they want and say what they want and they are the ones who sound stupid. You go right ahead and treasure your name for what it is! We as Mackenzie's own a magnificent name and no one can take that from us, so no worries! Like I said, let those ignoramuses say what they want and they just look stupid while we go through life, happy with who we are and the name we were so graciously given! :)
-- Anonymous User  5/19/2014
Mackenzie "Kenzie" St. James is a fictional character in the Call of the Forgotten series written by Julie Kagawa.
-- LoveHeartKawaii  5/2/2014
You all need to have some repect! My name is Mckenzie but I just go by Kenzie and some of your comments are very rude.
-- kenzieangela  5/16/2014
Okay, so I really think, wait, I KNOW that some of you are just completely ignorant... There is a fine line between opinion and utter disrespect! Let me add to some of the comments in have been reading over the last hour here...

Let me point out that my name is MacKenzie. I am called various nicknames from Mac to Kenzie to MacDaddy and all of the above and I love it! Having a name that is versatile and fun to play with is great! Personally, in my 21 years, I have never heard a complaint about my name. And I don't agree with the thought that it is too "trendy" considering I have met 3 other people with the name, 2 being girls and one a guy and all were spelled differently. Sure, it may be getting more popular, but in no way does that mean it's trendy; get a grip. And to add, my best friend shares the name! MacKenzie is a beautiful and strong name for anyone who decides that they want to own it, male, female, first or last name! How dare anyone say that they think it is disgusting. That is where it becomes disrespectful and blatant, and for that I find offense. You may say all you want that you don't like it and you think it should be this or that, that is your opinion, but don't you dare call it hideous or unacceptable for a girl or as a first name or as a first name in general when there is a more respectable and correct way to put it. Yes, by all means, have your opinion, but don't think for one second that you have the right to be cruel and disrespectful. Freedom of speech, I get it, but like I said, there's a line of respect that shouldn't be crossed for the love of individuals who have done nothing to you.

Using the poor excuse of not liking the name because of a bad experience with someone who has the name is also pretty ignorant. Not every girl or boy with the name or last name of MacKenzie is like any other.

I love my name and I wouldn't change it for the world! The only issue I have ever had is that no one ever spells it entirely correct, which is okay, no one and nothing is perfect and many more common names are spelled in various ways now-a-days. Personally, I'm really anal about my "a" and capital "K" because that's what separates my name from other spellings of MacKenzie I have seen. It's my own personal name I don't have to share with anyone. I know there are some out there, but I've never met them, so to me and those who know me, it's mine and I treasure it to be as such!

On top of all that that, I was named after my grandfathers Mac and Ken, and I don't care if they were men and I'm a girl, I am lucky to have a name that represents two of the most important and influential people in my life. I wear my name like I would wear a crown on my head, with pride.

For those of you who feel oh so obligated to voice your over the top opinions about the name MacKenzie, go ahead, but we are people too and I'm pretty sure if people made comments as such about your name, you'd be a bit hurt about it. Have respect for others and don't bash a name you don't have the common sense to understand the reasoning behind. Quit letting your closed mindedness affect the ability to be cordial to us who enjoy our name. I don't bash you for yours...
-- MacKenzie-Kins  5/19/2014
My name is Mackenzie and I have always been proud of my name. People tell me its pretty and I usually go by Kenzie but after reading these comments I feel that people will look down on me because of my name just like all of you do. It's not fair to judge a child/person and say they are at fault for their name when their parents gave it to them. And seriously names switch genders all the time and the meaning is just a meaning that doesn't mean you have to take it LITERALLY WORD FOR WORD! How about all the kids named Jackson (Top boy name of 2013) which literally means 'son of Jack' I bet almost none of their dads are named Jack. Or Sophia (Top girl name of 2013) which means 'wisdom' not all Sophia's are wise and a lot of them are dumb bimbos! So a name's meaning has no standing really in the world anymore! It used to be important what your childs name meant (like back in the 1800's) but now it's just a cute thing to point out or just fun to look up just to see what it USED to mean!
-- mackenzie95  5/21/2014
@Mackenzie95 5/21/2014: But since when did 'son' stop meaning 'male child'?! I'd find a female Jackson just as odd as a female Mackenzie, personally. Mac/Son is prominent and still indicates gender.
-- Anonymous User  6/21/2014
My name is MacKenzie Marie. I've always liked my name. I don't find it disgusting or ugly or trashy as many people have said. I'm not hurt by their opinion, because nothing I say or do would change their mind. Nor am I a brat, yuppie, or rude girl. I'm 17 and live on a farm where I do hard work. The fact that the name is "masculine" sorta fits me because I'm 5'11 and athleticly built. Im not ashamed of it. It's not like I have facial hair or anything, I'm just not small like most people assume MacKenzies are. Quite frankly, I feel my name fits well. Kudos to my mom, who was going to name me MacKenzie even if I was a boy. Either way, I would still go by Mac. I would probably put the K on it if I were a boy, but its nice when I'm just quickly labling somthing mine, like a plastic cup. But normally I go by Kenzie, or Kenz, but I don't really like that. And I don't pronounce it Mic, its MacK. And Kenzie is not Kinze... that's just as annoying. And to people saying stuff like "you might as well name her Jackson." I know a little girl with that name, only I think its spelled Jaxson or something and its adorable on her. I feel like it's a matter of how you were raised or taught that you think it's gender specific. I personally like boy names on girls. My friend Cooper is a girl, and her middle make is Jordan. And her younger sister's name is Mardee and that fits her. Names are names and what fits, fits. If you don't like them, don't worry cause it's not yours. And if it is... sorry but that sounds like a personal problem to talk over with your parents.
-- MacKenzieMarieBonine  6/22/2014
People are being so rude and immature, the rude ones are saying oh Mackenzie is a terrible name for a girl and the immature ones are saying stupid things to defend themselves... my name is Mackenzie and I am 12. It's pretty bad that I am nicer and more mature than most of you, so yeah, maybe I'm a little offended by it but I'm not going to freak out... I'm Mackenzie Rose, Rose is my middle name and I believe it's a beautiful name, but that's ok if some of you don't.
-- kenzie22  7/8/2014
My son is named MacKenzie, he goes by Mac. We named him this because it is an old family name going back several generations. It started when a distant grandparent named their son MacKenzie giving him their surname. It aggregates me to no end when people say that MacKenzie is a girls name. I respect parents decision to name their daughter "son of". Do not insult my son for having a name that came with our family from Ireland as a boys name! When I pick him up at school the ignorant receptionist repeatedly asked me if I was picking up my daughter. I finally took the family crest and name meaning to her and said look at what it means. She said her granddaughter was named MackKenzie and she didn't know it meant son of. It is a beautiful name but the people saying that it is a girls name and shouldn't be used for a boy really make me mad. At least show a little common sense and tolerance for others that you demand for yourself.
-- Anonymous User  7/17/2014

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