Place name, Kikuyu
"mountain of white"

Kenya Origin and Meaning

The name Kenya is a girl's name of Russian, African origin meaning "mountain of white".

Kenya, a name borrowed from the East African nation and theoretically unisex, is now used mostly for girls. While it's had its ups and downs since entering the US Top 1000 in 1968, it currently ranks lower than spelling variant Kenia.

The country of Kenya gets its name from Mount Kenya, referred to it as "Kirinyaga" or "Kerenyaga" by the local Kikuyu people, meaning "mountain of whiteness" due to its snow-capped peak.

# 954 in the US

Kenya Rank in US Top 1000

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Famous People Named Kenya

  • Kenya Summer MooreAmerican reality TV personality ("Real Houswives of Atlanta")
  • Kenya Julia Miambi Sarah KinskiJones (b. 1993), daughter of music producer Quincy Jones and model/actress Nastassja Kinski
  • Kenya (b. 2006)daughter of actress Diane Parish

Kenya in Pop Culture

  • Kenya RosewaterDefiance character
  • Kenyacharacter in book and movie The Hate U Give

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