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Gender: Male Meaning of Kenji: "second son" Origin of Kenji: Japanese

The name Kenji is a boy's name of Japanese origin meaning "second son". Kenji and is often added to lists like Unique Baby Names Ending In I and discussed in our forums with posts like "Middle name for a First name!".

From the experts:

One of several Japanese names that refer to a child's place in the family birth order.

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Famous People Named Kenji

Kenji Ito, Japanese composer
Kenji Kawai, Japanese composer
Kenji Mizoguchi, Japanese film director
Kenji Ogiwara, Japanese Olympic Nordic skier
Kenji Sato, Japanese pro baseball player
Kenji Johjima, Japanese pro baseball player
Kenji Ueda, Japanese rock musician
Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda, lead singer for American band Linkin Park

Pop Culture References for the name Kenji

Kenji Koiso, character in "Summer Wars"
"Kenji," manga by Matsuda Ryuchi
"Kenji," song on Fort Minor's 2005 album The Rising Tied
"Gyakuten Kenji or Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth," video game series
Kenji Kishimoto, character in the "Shatter Me" trilogy by Tahereh Mafi.


MaryKathryn Says:


I love this name because of Shatter Me!! :)

raevynstar Says:


This name a) is really cool and b) reminds me of the Shatter Me series, which isn't a great association, but doesn't put me off.. :)