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This is a surname, not a first name. I can't believe people are calling little girls this name. It's absolutely hideous.
-- Anonymous User  12/20/2004
That comment about Makenna not being an acceptable name is totally wrong! My name is Makenna and I use it as my NAME! And I am very proud of it and if you have a problem with it then tough!
-- makenna949  1/2/2006
I named my daughter Makenna. Spelled this way is NOT a surname. It is African or Arabic and it means "one who brings joy".
-- jmpmom  12/31/2004
Wow drop the "C" and it's a girls name? I don't think so, it doesn't matter how it is spelled it will always be an Irish surname.
-- stuckonstupid  10/30/2007
Makenna derives from the Irish (Gaelic) surname or last name "Mac Kenna" (McKenna). Mac Kenna is typical of names from which the old Gaelic prefixes of Mac and O were not generally dropped in the dark period of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Though almost always written MacKenna, in the spoken language Kenna is quite common and in some places, notably Clare and Kerry, the emphasis is on the final A, with the result that births have been from time to time registered under many synonyms - such as Kennagh, Ginnaw and even Gna. These forms are peculiar to Co. Kerry. By origin, however, the MacKennas do not belong to Munster. They are a branch of the southern Ui Neill but, nevertheless, they are seated in south Leinster, their territory being Truagh (the modern barony of Trough in the northern part of Co. Monaghan). A branch of this sept settled in the parish of Maghera, Co. Down in the seventeenth century. The MacKennas, though "lords of Truagh", were not prominent in mediaeval times. O'Dugan in the "Topographical Poems" says that they were originally Meathmen before they settled in Truagh.

In our modem history nearly all of MacKennas of note have made their name in the field of literature. Niall MacKenna (b. c. 1710) was a Gaelic poet and harper; Theobald MacKenna (d. 1808), secretary of the Catholic Committee in 1791, was a prolific pamphleteer; Andrew MacKenna (1833-1872), was a leading editor and writer in Belfast; Stephen MacKenna (I837-1883), was a novelist; better known as a novelist is another Stephen MacKenna (b. 1888), while a third Stephen MacKenna (1872-1934), was translator of Plotinus and an Irish language enthusiast; Father Lambert MacKenna, S.J. (1870-1956), known for his English-Irish Dictionary, has many Gaelic language publications to his credit.

Nearly all of these were of families belonging to the country around Trough, as also was General John MacKenna (1771-1814), who, after a period of service in the Spanish army, joined Bernard O'Higgins, the "Liberator of Chile", and became an outstanding figure in South America. Patrick MacKenna (b. c. 1765), of Maghera, was an active associate of Wolfe Tone and Napper Tandy: he became a successful shipbuilder at Boulogne. Father Charles MacKenna, P.P. of Donagh, which is in the barony of Trough, was chaplain to the Irish Brigade at Fontenoy in 1745. At the present time probably the best known bearer of the name is Siobhan MacKenna, the Irish actress.

Source:Irish Families by Edward MacLysaght MA, D Litt, MRIA - Irish Academic Press 1991
-- murrough  7/30/2005
Not suitable for girls.
-- Anonymous User  7/29/2006
Just as with any surname, there is a history behind it; "mac" was reserved for males ("mac", of course, meaning "son"/"son of") while females bore "nic", which is a contraction of "iníon mhic" (Irish)/"nighean mhic" (Scots Gaelic), meaning "daughter of a son of".

Male form example: Dòmhnall Mac Cionnaich (Donald, son of Kenneth)
Female form example: Fionnghuala Nic Chionnaich (Fionnuala, daughter of a son of Kenneth). The names have been simplified today.

I feel sick to my stomach when McKenzie or McKenna or other such names are used; I know Gaelic and using these surnames as given names is the same as spitting on them. All in all, I see them as very trendy names, going out of style and leaving a slew of children with awkward, insubstantial names that have little chance of aging well.
-- gaelruadh19  1/15/2007
It is very pretty for a girl. A lot better than Mackenzie.
-- Rockos_Modern_Life_1  5/2/2007
This spelling is hilarious.
-- Anonymous User  9/27/2007
Fair enough, the name doesn't actually have the ''M(a)c'' in it, which would turn it very surname-y and masculine, but it's pronounced like McKenna, and it's tacky. There's nothing pretty or sweet about this name for a cute girl, and it doesn't have any edge or spunk for the less conventional girls and women either. This name would be utter crap on any grown-up.
-- slight night shiver  4/29/2008
I agree that Makenna is WAY better than ugly Mackenzie (bleck).
-- diamondberries  9/29/2008
Makenna is my name and my daddy picked it out. I know one other Makenna (but she is little, like, 3 months old) and so this name is unique.
-- Makenna14  4/21/2009
Well, I don't pronounce my name "McKenna". I say "Ma-kenna". So the "C" is never missed.
-- Makenna14  4/24/2009
Makenna is considered by many to be a very tacky and downmarket name.
-- vomiting  12/30/2009
Impressive. There's nothing I like about this name. Spelling's horrendous and the sound of it is tacky. I feel sorry for people with this name.
-- Anonymous User  5/12/2010
Lovely Name! It's so cute. I love this, if I will have a daughter one would be named Makenna.
-- tafflemark  1/26/2011
Just because Makenna isn't your name doesn't mean you have to be disrespectful and mean. A name isn't just something your called by, it gives somebody character and something to be proud of. How would you like being called hideous just because of your name? Saying this name is hideous is down right rude and hurtful. Many BEAUTIFUL girls have this name. And just because it was a surname 200 years ago doesn't mean it can be used a first name now. Also just because it means Son of Kenneth doesn't mean it cant be a girls name. It's not like anyone is going to know what it means. So I hope all you losers that make fun of peoples names stop it.
-- Anonymous User  4/2/2011
I love this name! Though I spell it MacKenna, and I like it on a boy more then a girl. But it's cute on girls too. I really wish people would get over this whole Irish surname thing and just admit that MacKenzie and MacKenna are great names!
-- TeamPeeta4ever  5/19/2011
I laughed at the user a few comments up trying to pass this trendy thing off as a African girls name. My dear, you're thinking of Makena, which has nothing to do with Makenna. Makenna is just a meaningless mutation of McKenna, and it has no substance or history at all.
-- Black_X  9/15/2011
My name is Makenna and even though it is used as an Irish surname, I use it as my first name... because it is my first name... Well, I'm Irish and I don't think it really matters if it's a surname, you can obviously use it as a first name. I am an example of that.
-- makenna_willow_evely  12/10/2012
So incredibly cutesy and immature beyond belief.
-- Anonymous User  1/14/2013
My name is Makenna, and everyone I have met in my life says it is a beautiful and creative name. I love my name! Even though is was used as a surname, I really don't care. I am Irish and that doesn't bother me a bit. When spelt Makenna, it is not a surname!
-- mmm  2/26/2013
We named our daughter Makenna after seeing it in a Name Book. I think it is such a pretty name and I love saying it! I hope my baby loves her name as much as I do!
-- Chels.  10/2/2013
I named the first Makenna on October 19, 1984 and she has loved the name ever since she was old enough to know it was her name. I have never found a Makenna born before then and I have looked.
-- kevinjcoyne  7/4/2014
My beautiful baby girl is named Makenna Elyse. I chose this name because my dad (who has long since passed) loved the movie "Somewhere in Time". The main character, as played by Jane Seymour, was Elise McKenna. So for those of you who are saying it's a surname, yes. It absolutely is. Is it an ugly name? No. I didn't think Elise McKenna sounded right with our last name, so I flipped it and changed the spelling of both names- mainly because I do not like the "McKenna" spelling and I changed the I in Elise to a Y to honor my best friend, whose name is Elyse. All-in-all... she is a Makenna. Her name is just as beautiful as she is. Shame on those saying it's hideous!
-- ATmnz84  11/11/2014
This name is beautiful! It is NOT a surname. And it is NOT ugly. Just look up your own names and don't comment if you think the name is ugly or not! Just think of how offended you are when you look up your own name on this website.
-- Anonymous User  11/25/2014

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