Gender: Female Meaning of Makena: "happy one" Origin of Makena: Spelling variation of McKenna or Eastern African

Makena Origin and Meaning

The name Makena is a girl's name of Irish, African origin meaning "happy one".

The African version of McKenna with a sweet meaning.

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Yara Says:


Nameberry needs to do better research with non-European names. They also need to stop automatically centering Europeans just because that's what they're more familiar with. "Makena" is NOT an "African version of 'McKenna'"; it is its own name with its own meaning.

primandproper Says:


its a place in Maui too! Super pretty.

autumnreverie Says:


Makena also means "abundance" in Hawaiian.

keo Says:


This is the bad thing about this site. They offer "alternative" spellings or variations of names that aren't accurate. Misspellings or using the spelling of a name that sounds the same but is from a different origin or has a different meaning is not an alternative.

Catastroffy Says:


I have a friend who is a Kenyan Kikuyu and her name is Makena, and she pronounces her name "mah-KEN-ah". I don't mean to devalue what you are saying, though, I'm sure it has different pronunciations in different countries, as it is very much a multicultural name.

Dspisces1407 Says:


This is not the same name as McKenna or Makenna for a matter of fact. It is pronounced as MA-KAY-NA. The middle syllable sound like the letter K. That's the correct way.

PuppyPaw Says:


I honestly prefer McKenna.

indiefendi2 Says:


Makena is not the same as McKenna. McKenna is Irish and means "son of the handsome one". Makena is Hawaiian and Kenyan. But there are a lot of Americans would name a girl Makena and think it's the same as McKenna. Or for Christ's sake think it's kre8iv. 😩

sweetpeacelove Says:


And it is also a Hawaiian name. This name should have its own description, and not just be an alternative to McKenna.

CamilleR Says:


Makena is not just an alternate spelling to McKenna, it is an Eastern African name. I have heard that it means "happy one" in the language Kikuyu, but I can't confirm that.