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Kenya

First Name
26k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
<100
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meanings and Origins

What does the name Kenya mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Kenya

"Kenya" is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "Animal Horn". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Kenya
A country in East Africa, formerly a British colony.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A republic in eastern Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1963; major archeological discoveries have been made in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya
Wiktionary

Probably from Kikuyu kere nyaga (“white mountain”), referring to Mount Kenya.

  1. Country in Eastern Africa. Official name: Republic of Kenya.

Kenya was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Portuguese, Swahili, Swedish, and Tagalog

Notable Persons Named Kenya

Kenya Moore is an actor, model (people), celebrity, author, and film producer. She holds the title Miss Michigan 1993, Miss USA 1993, and Miss Michigan USA. Kenya was given the name Kenya Summer Moore on January 24th, 1971 in Detroit.

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Kenya Mori is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1998 to 2009. Kenya was given the name Kenya Mori Ochoa on January 15th, 1976 in Montevideo.

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Kenya Bell is a contemporary r&b, soul music, and pop music recording artist, reality star of basketball wives on vh1, miss michigan usa 2001, model, and basketball wives. She was most prominent from 2001 to present. Kenya was given the name Kenya Howard on April 2nd, 1977 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

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Kenya Hathaway is a contemporary r&b, soul music, and jazz musician. She was most active from 1988 to present. Kenya was given the name Kenya Canc'Libra Hathaway on January 1st, 1971.

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Kenya Yasuda is a famous somebody. Kenya was born on March 29th, 1989 in Japan.

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Kenya is a noteworthy individual in the fields of visual arts, installation art, sculpture, and performance. Kenya was born in Landstuhl.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Kenya

Kenya is a noteworthy individual in the fields of visual arts, installation art, sculpture, and performance. Kenya was born in Landstuhl.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1952 5 5 0
1954 11 11 0
1955 14 14 0
1956 8 8 0
1957 13 13 0
1958 19 19 0
1959 19 19 0
1960 19 19 0
1961 18 18 0
1962 29 29 0
1963 32 32 0
1964 70 57 13
1965 55 49 6
1966 74 66 8
1967 89 77 12
1968 142 125 17
1969 265 219 46
1970 403 336 67
1971 456 397 59
1972 660 556 104
1973 1,039 894 145
1974 943 812 131
1975 992 863 129
1976 819 713 106
1977 831 712 119
1978 717 589 128
1979 701 630 71
1980 579 520 59
1981 474 417 57
1982 454 411 43
1983 422 389 33
1984 335 313 22
1985 310 291 19
1986 259 239 20
1987 265 250 15
1988 281 263 18
1989 380 349 31
1990 400 366 34
1991 401 366 35
1992 507 473 34
1993 722 682 40
1994 718 680 38
1995 698 674 24
1996 633 599 34
1997 475 452 23
1998 519 471 48
1999 487 456 31
2000 552 524 28
2001 497 466 31
2002 527 494 33
2003 490 475 15
2004 459 432 27
2005 488 465 23
2006 598 578 20
2007 599 586 13
2008 584 570 14
2009 489 478 11
2010 408 394 14
2011 344 334 10
2012 583 568 15
2013 478 468 10
2014 406 400 6
2015 316 309 7
2016 331 324 7

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Popularity of Kenya as a first name

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Fun Facts about the name Kenya

  • How Popular is the name Kenya? Kenya is the 1,469th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Kenya have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 25,911 babies born with the first name Kenya in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kenya to occupy the territory of British Virgin Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 24,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kenya? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1952 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Kenya first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kenya is Wednesday, January 15th, 1913.
  • What year had the most people named Kenya born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kenya was in 1973 with a total of 894 babies.
  • Random Kenya Factoid: According to the 1975 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kenya ranks 97th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Mississippi. Imagine that, 40 babies in Mississippi have the same name as you in 1975.
  • Weird things about the name Kenya: Your name in reverse order is Aynek. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Yanke. How do you pronounce that?

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  • Sources:
  • 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).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.