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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Kenji

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Wiktionary
  1. A Japanese male given name

Kenji was also found in the following language(s): Japanese and Spanish

Notable Persons Named Kenji

Kenji Fujimoto is a chef and writer. Kenji was born in 1947 in Japan.

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Kenji Mizoguchi was a film director, screenwriter, film editing, and editor. His career lasted from 1923 to 1923. Kenji was born on May 16th, 1898 in Hongo, Tokyo, Japan. Kenji is also known as Goteken. He passed away on August 24th, 1956.

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Kenji Kawai is a film score, electronic music, and instrumental musician. He was most active from 1986 to present. Kenji was born on April 23rd, 1957 in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan.

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Kenji Goto was a journalist. He was most prominent from 1991 to 2015. Kenji was born on October 23rd, 1967. He passed away on January 30th, 2015.

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Damo Suzuki is a krautrock musician. He was most prominent from 1970 to 1974. Damo was given the name Kenji Suzuki on January 16th, 1950.

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Kenji Miyazawa was a children's literature and poetry writer, poet, teacher, geologist, and japanese poetry. Kenji was born on August 27th, 1896 in Hanamaki, Iwate, Japan. He died on September 21st, 1933.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Kenji

General Doihara Kenji is a military person. His military service ended in 1945.

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Tsuruta was born in 1961.

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Ueda Kenji is a rock music, alternative rock, and punk rock musician. He plays Bass guitar. Ueda was born on August 30th, 1965.

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Ōshio was born on January 4th, 1948 in Kitakyushu.

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Daidō was born on August 21st, 1982 in Katsushika, Tokyo, Japan. Daidō is also known as Nakanishi and Kenji.

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Ganyū was born on August 6th, 1970 in Himeji, Hyōgo, Japan.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1913 5 0 5
1914 9 0 9
1915 6 0 6
1916 10 0 10
1917 15 0 15
1918 17 0 17
1919 23 0 23
1920 27 0 27
1921 15 0 15
1922 30 0 30
1923 24 0 24
1924 20 0 20
1925 29 0 29
1926 16 0 16
1927 16 0 16
1928 17 0 17
1929 19 0 19
1930 11 0 11
1931 10 0 10
1932 6 0 6
1933 12 0 12
1934 9 0 9
1935 10 0 10
1936 6 0 6
1937 12 0 12
1938 9 0 9
1939 11 0 11
1940 8 0 8
1943 7 0 7
1944 8 0 8
1956 5 0 5
1958 7 0 7
1959 6 0 6
1960 8 0 8
1961 7 0 7
1962 7 0 7
1963 7 0 7
1964 8 0 8
1965 9 0 9
1966 11 0 11
1967 13 0 13
1968 17 0 17
1969 17 0 17
1970 16 0 16
1971 19 0 19
1972 21 0 21
1973 28 0 28
1974 25 0 25
1975 32 6 26
1976 26 0 26
1977 57 0 57
1978 135 7 128
1979 84 0 84
1980 78 8 70
1981 40 0 40
1982 45 0 45
1983 28 0 28
1984 35 0 35
1985 30 0 30
1986 34 0 34
1987 22 0 22
1988 27 0 27
1989 28 0 28
1990 31 0 31
1991 32 0 32
1992 38 0 38
1993 31 0 31
1994 27 0 27
1995 55 0 55
1996 43 0 43
1997 44 0 44
1998 66 0 66
1999 56 0 56
2000 52 0 52
2001 72 0 72
2002 64 5 59
2003 60 0 60
2004 60 0 60
2005 75 0 75
2006 99 0 99
2007 108 0 108
2008 145 0 145
2009 166 7 159
2010 119 0 119
2011 147 0 147
2012 124 0 124
2013 125 0 125
2014 96 0 96
2015 122 0 122
2016 125 0 125
2017 136 0 136

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Popularity of Kenji as a first name

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Fun Facts about the name Kenji

  • How Popular is the name Kenji? Kenji is the 4,600th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Kenji have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,667 babies born with the first name Kenji in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kenji to occupy the territory of Falkland Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 3,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kenji? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1913 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Kenji first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kenji is Wednesday, December 27th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Kenji born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kenji was in 2009 with a total of 159 babies.
  • Random Kenji Factoid: According to the 1923 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kenji ranks 67th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Hawaii. Imagine that, 12 babies in Hawaii have the same name as you in 1923.
  • Weird things about the name Kenji: Your name in reverse order is Ijnek. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nikje. How do you pronounce that?

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