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Origin and Meaning of Mackenzie

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Mackenzie
a Canadian river; flows into the Beaufort Sea.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A Canadian river; flows into the Beaufort Sea
  2. Canadian explorer (born in England) who explored the Mackenzie River and who was first to cross North America by land north of Mexico (1764-1820)

Scottish Gaelic Mac (“son of”) +‎ Kenzie (“the intelligent one" or possibly "the wise ruler”). Possible alternate: Gaelic MacCoinneach (“Son of Kenneth”).

  1. A surname​ of Scottish origin.
  2. A female given name, transferred use of the surname since the 1970s, also in the form Makenzie.
  3. A male given name
  4. A river in the Northwest Territories, the longest in Canada, running from Great Slave Lake to the Beaufort Sea.

Notable Persons Named Mackenzie

Mackenzie Davis is an actress. Her career lasted from 2011 to 2011. Mackenzie was born on April 1st, 1987 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


Mackenzie Phillips is an actress, singer, actor, and singing. She was most active from 1973 to 1973. Mackenzie was given the name Laura Mackenzie Phillips by her parent John Phillips (musician) on November 10th, 1959 in Alexandria, Virginia, U.S. Mackenzie is also known as Mackinzie Phillips.


MacKenzie was given the name MacKenzi S. Tuttle on April 7th, 1970 in San Francisco, California, US.


Mackenzie Foy is an actress, model (people), actor, and model. She has been prominent since 2009. Mackenzie was born on November 10th, 2000 in Los Angeles. Mackenzie is also known as Kenzie and Kenz.


MacKenzie Porter is a country music singing and actor. She plays Piano and Violin. She was most active from 2007 to present. MacKenzie was given the name MacKenzie Lea Porter on January 7th, 1990 in Medicine Hat.


Mackenzie Crook is an actor, writer, director, and comedian. He has been prominent since 1996. Mackenzie was given the name Paul James Crook on September 29th, 1971 in Maidstone, Kent, England.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Mackenzie

David Mackenzie is a film director. David was born on May 10th, 1966 in Corbridge.


Sir Alexander Mackenzie was an explorer and list of explorers. Alexander was born in 1764 in Stornoway, Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. He died in 1820.



Kelvin MacKenzie is a newspaper editor and editor-in-chief. Kelvin was given the name Kelvin Calder MacKenzie on October 22nd, 1946 in London, England.


Billy MacKenzie was a post-punk, new wave music, art pop, dream pop, alternative rock, and synthpop musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1976 to present. Billy was given the name William MacArthur "Billy" MacKenzie on March 27th, 1957 in Dundee, Scotland. He passed away on January 22nd, 1997.


William Lyon Mackenzie was a --05- Member of the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada for York, 1st Mayor of Toronto, Member of theLegislative Assembly of Upper CanadaforYork, President of the Republic of Canada, and Republic of Canada. His most notable accomplishments were from 1834 to 1835. William was born on March 12th, 1795 in Dundee. He passed away on August 28th, 1861.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1973 8 8 0
1974 13 6 7
1975 28 14 14
1976 203 164 39
1977 287 238 49
1978 263 229 34
1979 217 178 39
1980 277 232 45
1981 286 240 46
1982 295 255 40
1983 319 271 48
1984 414 335 79
1985 535 431 104
1986 640 490 150
1987 934 711 223
1988 1,034 773 261
1989 1,183 856 327
1990 1,505 1,150 355
1991 1,893 1,495 398
1992 3,220 2,672 548
1993 3,473 2,898 575
1994 3,843 3,195 648
1995 4,541 3,962 579 #88 girl name
1996 5,061 4,596 465 #75 girl name
1997 4,871 4,491 380 #71 girl name
1998 5,182 4,890 292 #64 girl name
1999 5,710 5,425 285 #52 girl name
2000 6,600 6,348 252 #43 girl name
2001 7,105 6,934 171 #40 girl name
2002 6,406 6,267 139 #41 girl name
2003 5,948 5,864 84 #45 girl name
2004 5,832 5,726 106 #44 girl name
2005 5,274 5,193 81 #51 girl name
2006 5,273 5,204 69 #53 girl name
2007 4,677 4,623 54 #65 girl name
2008 4,510 4,472 38 #65 girl name
2009 3,945 3,901 44 #77 girl name
2010 3,914 3,879 35 #68 girl name
2011 3,820 3,795 25 #68 girl name
2012 3,786 3,757 29 #71 girl name
2013 4,057 4,015 42 #62 girl name
2014 4,179 4,149 30 #69 girl name
2015 3,884 3,855 29 #73 girl name
2016 3,428 3,400 28 #85 girl name
2017 2,976 2,941 35 #99 girl name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Mackenzie U.S.
  White 92.62% 64.26%
  African American 1.36% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.84% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.31% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.86% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.01% 16.26%

Of Last Name Mackenzie

People with the last name Mackenzie are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Mackenzie

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  • How Popular is the name Mackenzie? Mackenzie is the 538th most popular name of all time. In 2017 Mackenzie was the 99th most popular name. As a last name Mackenzie was the 2,628th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Mackenzie have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 131,849 babies born with the first name Mackenzie in the United States. That's more than enough people named Mackenzie to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Mackenzie? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1973 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Mackenzie first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Mackenzie is Monday, November 15th, 1886.
  • What year had the most people named Mackenzie born? The highest recorded use of the first name Mackenzie was in 2001 with a total of 6,934 babies. That's a lot of babies named Mackenzie!
  • Random Mackenzie Factoid: According to the 2012 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Mackenzie ranks 58th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Ohio. Imagine that, 155 babies in Ohio have the same name as you in 2012.
  • Weird things about the name Mackenzie: Your name in reverse order is Eiznekcam. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Enimcakze. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Mackenzie? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 13,733 people with the last name Mackenzie.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Mackenzie? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Mackenzie as their last name.

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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).
  • 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).
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