Elements, Emotion/Feelings, Ethiopian, Female, Fire, Gaelic, Japanese, K names, Kin/Family, Male, Numbers, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names


Kenna is a Scottish female name, the feminine form of Kenneth, itself the anglicized form of two Gaelic names: Coinneach which derives from Gaelic caoin meaning “handsome, fair, beautiful, kind”; and Cináed meaning “born of fire”. Kenneth is also a surname derived from the given name. Kenna is also a Scottish and Irish surname deriving from the given name, as well as a short form of McKenna which is the anglicized form of Mac Cionaodha “son of Cionaodh”, the latter from Cináed meaning “born of fire”. Kenna is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as:

  • “silk+ seven” (絹七);
  • “silk + Nara; what?” (絹奈);
  • “intelligent; wise; wisdom; cleverness + south” (賢南);

Kenna is also a Japanese surname meaning “hard, firm; tough; strict + name; reputation” (堅名). Written in hiragana it’s けんな.

Kenna is also an Old Norse word meaning “to know, to feel” derived from Proto-Germanic *kunnaną (to know, to be familiar with; to know how, to be able to) from Proto-Indo-European *ǵneh₃- (to know). Kenna is also an Ethiopian male name meaning “to get what you want”, or that’s what I’ve come across.

Origin: Gaelic, Japanese, Proto-Indo-European, Ethiopian



  • Kenina (Scottish)
  • McKenna (English)


Male forms:

  • Kenneth (Scottish, English, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish)


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