I wanna know why is it a male name? It's supposed to be just a female name!
I don't particularly like the sound of this one, but I do think it's better than McKenna for girls, as it lacks the masculine meaning. Still prefer Kenna over either name, though.
Makena (Kenya) is a name that is mistakenly identified as having its origins from the Kikuyu community but originally has its origin from the Ameru (Meru) community. The Ameru (Meru) community name their children after the traits of the individual whom the child is named after, with the hope that the traits will be passed on to the new bearer of the name. The name Makena therefore means "one who is happy or brings happiness" to the family and community.
My son had a boy with this name in his first grade class (2012-13), and it was pronounced "mə-KEN-ə". When first hearing the name, I assumed the gender of the child would be feminine. However, first impressions can be wrong and can be changed! This young boy is very energetic and very much a boy, and the name suits him very well.
Actor Taylor Lautner has a younger sister named Makena.
No, this name is for both genders. It is traditionally unisex; the Kikuyu do not interpret 'masculine' and 'feminine' names the way we do. As for famous bearers, actress Helen Hunt has a daughter named Makena, born 2004.
It's certainly better than McKenna, but not a lot. They're too similar, and a lot of ignorant parents will probably be thinking they just named their daughter a "unique" version of McKenna, when they just saddled her with an entirely different name all together.
Pronounced Mah KAY Nuh.
The name is only for females. It is also common among the Meru, Embu and Mbeere peoples.
A lot of people mistake this name with the Irish surname-turned-given-name Makenna (meaning "Son of Kenneth").
Makena is actually Hawaiian in origin, meaning "abundance".

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