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in the U.S.
since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Kenai

User Submitted Origins

     Native American
     Indian (Sanskrit)

User Submitted Meanings

  • A submission from California, United States says the name Kenai means "Black bear".
  • According to a user from Canada, the name Kenai is of Aboriginal origin and means "Black Bear".
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International Interest
  1. a city, peninsula and river in Alaska

Notable Persons Named Kenai

Kenai was born in 1978.


How popular is the baby name Kenai in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1992 5 0 5
1999 5 0 5
2001 11 0 11
2003 16 7 9
2004 52 0 52
2005 48 6 42
2006 33 0 33
2007 49 7 42
2008 40 0 40
2009 37 0 37
2010 41 0 41
2011 41 6 35
2012 37 0 37
2013 57 5 52
2014 61 0 61
2015 74 6 68
2016 82 0 82
2017 97 0 97
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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International Interest for Kenai

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Popularity in the US

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Popularity of Kenai as a first name

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Fun Facts about the name Kenai

  • How Popular is the name Kenai? Kenai is the 12,277th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Kenai have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 786 babies born with the first name Kenai in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kenai to occupy the territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) with an estimated population of 605 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kenai? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1992 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • What year had the most people named Kenai born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kenai was in 2017 with a total of 97 babies.
  • Random Kenai Factoid: According to the 2014 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kenai is not a popular baby boy's name in Florida. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Florida have the same name as you in 2014.
  • Weird things about the name Kenai: Your name in reverse order is Ianek. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Inaek. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Kenai born Apr 10, 1949

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Northern Africa approximately on 1400. Your profession was handicraftsman and mechanic.

You were a seeker of truth and wisdom. You could have seen your future lives. Others perceived you as an idealist illuminating path to the future. Your lesson - to develop kind attitude to people, to acquire gift of understanding and compassion.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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