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Updated May 24, 2023

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How Popular Is The Name McKenna

Family name origins & meanings

  • Irish and Scottish: ‘son of Cionaodh’ (see McKinney 1).

What Does McKenna Mean and Stand For? 

The first name McKenna is an Anglicized variation of the last name Mac Cionaoith, meaning ‘son of Cionaodh’ in Scottish Gaelic. 


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Famous people who gave their babies this name

What Does the Name McKenna Mean? 

McKenna is a gender-neutral name of Scottish Gaelic origin, meaning "son of Cionoith." It is an Anglicized version Mac Cionaoith, which was a Gaelic surname. 

The name McKenna is now popular as a first name for both boys and girls, but is particularly popular for girls. 

How Popular is the Name McKenna? 

McKenna is the #319 most popular girls' name in the U.S., according to 2021 Social Security Administration data. It does not rank in the top 1,000 as a boys' name. 

However, McKenna ranks #10 on 

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years McKenna was at its peak popularity in May 2018. 

Popularity of the Name McKenna in the United States

McKenna was searched for most often in the following states: 

  • Massachusetts
  • Washington
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Wisconsin

Famous People Named McKenna and McKenna in Pop Culture 

Famous McKenna's include actress McKenna Grace, country music singer McKenna Faith, and former American football player McKenna Sean "Bear" Pascoe. 

McKenna was the name of a 1994 TV series staring Jennifer Love Hewitt. 

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