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Gender: Male Meaning of Kanye: "honor, tribute" Origin of Kanye: African place-name, Nigeria

The name Kanye is a boy's name of African origin meaning "honor, tribute". Kanye and is often added to lists like Middle Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Adding then Eliminating - Boys Themed".

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The popularity of the charismatic rapper-producer Kanye West has propelled his name into the Top 900. In addition to its African derivation, it is a Hawaiian name meaning 'free'.

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kennamoon Says:


According to social security it wasn't ever in the 900's but it was #489 in 2004 and #893 in 2005, but it hasn't been on since then. I actually really like it, and Ye is a worthy namesake.

Miri Says:


I like the name, but...

Makkachin Says:


I once had a plumber named Kanye

septemberjulyy7 Says:


Not my favorite....

amberdaydream Says:


I think most people will associate this with Yeezy.

TaliaCat Says:


Don't. Just please don't.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I think this is definitely a one person name, like Beyonce.

Guest Says:


Kanye is a "one person" name but on the other hand I LOVE Keanu so it depends on the person's personal taste I guess. If you name your kid Kanye people will know it was after Mr. West. (But ironically if you name a kid Scarlett people don't know if it's directly because of Ms. Johansson.)

LuckyT Says:


Exactly why not? It's no different than naming your kid after any other artist. Would I do it? No, but I wouldn't discourage someone from naming their child Kanye. I think it's a nice name

jordalini Says:


You not name your child after Kanye West. I understand this is a real name, but everyone is going to think it is after Kanye.