I too thought McKenna immediately. But the poster is right: it does depend a bit on how you expect to pronounce it and want others to pronounce it. Should it starck with a Mick sound or a Mah sounds.
I prefer the Makenna spelling, but I really don't mind either! It seems like the forum likes McKenna best (I just skimmed - sorry if I'm wrong.)
Mackenna. McKenna just screams surname. First names should not have random capital letters inserted into their middles. Can you imagine a ChRistine or a ReBecca? I dunno. Just looks daft to me.
Thank you eveyone for the replies and suggestions... I think my wife and I have decided to go with Makenna as we are really looking for the "mah" sounds instead of "mick" as some of you have mentioned.
I wanted to get some other opinnions on the middle name... We originally liked going with a nice short one syllable middle name but now I am thinking that maybe a traditional name in the middle might be appropriate since Makenna is a diferent. What do you think and any sugestions on a middle name would be much appreciated.
Thanks again for all the replies and suggestions, you all are great!!!
In my opinion, the K in McKenna does not need to be capitalized. We're talking about a first name here, not a surname. Mc before a capital letter (ex, McGuire, McClain, McIntyre etc) is the short form of Mac which means "son of." To do this for a first name for a girl seems very, very weird and unnecessary.
Also, McKenna is not a "different" name. It is extremely popular and I would highly consider looking into a new name. In a couple decades this name will be extremely dated (like Brenda is now) and one of those "phase names."
I prefer Makenna of the two, so I'm glad you're going with that. McKenna/Makenna seems a bit masculine to me, so I'd go with something feminine in the middle.