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