Gender: Female Pronunciation: ma-KEN-zee Meaning of Mackenzie: "son of Kenneth" Origin of Mackenzie: Scottish Mackenzie's Popularity in 2019: #111

Mackenzie Origin and Meaning

The name Mackenzie is a girl's name of Scottish origin meaning "son of Kenneth".

Originally inspired as a a girls’ name by eighties TV actress Mackenzie Phillips, parents have flocked to Mackenzie – once only a male name – for their daughters. Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling is one of the thousands who've chosen Mackenzie. Other Mac names, such as Makayla and McKenna, are also newly popular for girls.

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Rank in US: #111

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Pop Culture References for the name Mackenzie


I'm Dakota Says:


I used to go to school with a Mckinzie -_-

GenEric Says:


What were her parents thinking?

burg123 Says:


This is the best spelling. there is a girl at my school named McKynzeigh

Happypuppycupcake Says:


My name is Mackenzie too. My nickname is also Kenzie and I am a dirty blonde. I am not rude but I am slightly popular because I just moved.

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


I confused how this spelling means son of Kenneth, but Mckenzie without the a means son of Kenzie?? Personally I like Mckenzie better

ashleyisabellalaaaa Says:


I've never liked this name because like I don't know like the Son of names don't really interest me. Also I think of a mean girl which is never good for a little girl as I've experienced my name being Ashley

ella5505 Says:


I disagree with this. Names do not make a person.

Tillie_Jay Says:


One of the main character in a story I wrote. I used the nickname Max for the character so she'd stand out in all the Kenzies and (less common) Macs.

gummybear0724 Says:


I know. There's Mackenzee and Makenzee and McKenzie and Mckenzee and McKinzie and Makynzie and Makensey and so many more.

idon'tevenwantkids Says:


Please anyone considering Mackenzie use this spelling. My name is Mackenzie and because of all the damn variants I have to spell it out for people in case they change the z to an s or something.

gummybear0724 Says:


And the reason the "son of Kenneth" doesn't bug me is that often when referring to both genders (before America became politically correct) they Would say he or him.

gummybear0724 Says:


Really? Because I can tell you I am in no way rich. And I'm not rude to people who don't have their ears pierced. In fact, one of my best friends has unpierced ears. I'm not evil. I don't make fun of people who don't have a phone. I just got mine last year.

And I'm also not a gymnast. But I am dark haired and am called Kenzie.

Lola Says:


If only this wasn't so popular.... ):

Zelliew Says:


It's not a name I'd use

xxPLJ2005xx Says:


Yes same and she would be a rich spoilt brat and evil to people that don't have their ears pierced or a phone or people who are not as rich as her,born of fire is true evil fire.but she could also be a nice dark haired gymnast which likes being called kenzie

Raven Says:


I had a crush on a girl named Mackenzie, she is popular with dark brown hair

pam Says:


Indeed, these are more poetic meanings than the one we list on Nameberry. But they're not correct. Mac means "son of" and Kenzie is related to the name Kenneth.

Gemma_Hudson Says:


Mackenzie is my niece's name, also my maiden name. The name has a lot of meaning for our family :)

MaryKathryn Says:


I went to school with a lot of Mackenzies, none of which are on the top of my favorite people list. I would recommend for a middle name choice, rather than first.

kenziexo Says:


My name is Mackenzie and I absolutely love it. I'm now 20 and get many compliments on my pretty name. My nickname is Kenzie. I would never want to change it.

And no, I'm not blonde or rude. And I was never popular.

msks4ever Says:


My wife is Irish and MacKenzie came thru the north of Ireland too and settled not to far from where her grandmother and grandfather O"Grady is from.

Mackenzie Says:


I like it its my name I am a girl and im proud of it too so I don't care what they say

flora_kate Says:


I gotta admit, I really like Mackenzie for a girl. The Mackenzie's that I've met have all been very kind-hearted. It's just one of those names you can't help but like, despite your best intentions.

clairels Says:


Okay, you may not like it; that's fair enough. But don't say it has no meaning, because it does. It's an ancient Scottish clan name, which means son of Kenneth (which in turn means handsome or born of fire). And it may have a lot of meaning for someone who chooses to use it.

raevynstar Says:


I "despise" it on a girl, but it's actually really great for a boy.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I knew a Mackenzie. She was very nice. Had dark brown hair.

Guest Says:


I don't think of a rude popular girl I think of a brunette preteen.

SparkleNinja18 Says:


I think the same thing, except she would have black hair, imo. Maybe because it has that cutesy feel that parents love nowadays?

izdicaprio Says:


Anyone else despise this name? It has no meaning, makes me think of a blonde, rude, popular girl. Don't understand why so many people choose this name.

raevynstar Says:


That's good to know, thanks. :). I like the meaning "born of fire". This would work well for a male character in the story I'm writing.

dennmu Says:


The name sake is actually incorrect. It means " born of fire, or son of wise ruler."