Mackenzie: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Mackenzie

Mackenzie

Pronunciation: mə-KEHN-zee (key)

Origin of the name Mackenzie:

Transferred use of the Irish surname which is from the Gaelic Mac Coinnigh (son of Coinneach). Coinneach is derived from cainneach (fair one; handsome).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Although it sounds distinctly masculine to me, I don't believe I've ever met a little boy named Mackenzie, but I have met many girls named Mackenzie (and variants thereof.)

I am an adult (female) Mackenzie and when I was growing up it was very unusual on both genders. I knew one boy McKenzie and one girl in high school. These days it is much more popular on girls but I think it still works on boys (especially with the nick name "Mack"- most people think I'm a guy). Also many people who don't interact with elementary school age children very often, or who live outside of Anglophone North America, do not get Mackenzie as a first name (especially for girls).

I LOVE this name because I have a really good friend named Mackenzie who is an AMAZING person!

Nicknames for Mackenzie: | Edit

Kenzie, Kenz, Mack, Mackz

Meanings and history of the name Mackenzie: | Edit

A Scottish surname, from the Gaelic "Mac Coinnich," a patronymic from "Coinneach" meaning "comely." The "z" of the surname represents the letter yogh, a medieval letter pronounced as a "y" glide. - paraphrased from The Oxford Dictionary of First Names

Famous real-life people named Mackenzie: | Edit

Mackenzie Astin, American actor.
Mackenzie Crook, British actor and comedian.

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