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Makena

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

The name Makena is a girl's name of Irish, African origin meaning "happy one". Makena and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven/Hell/Purgatory Alphabetical Girls".

From the experts:

The African version of McKenna with a sweet meaning.

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Famous People Named Makena

Makena Lei Gordon Carnahan, daughter of American actress Helen Hunt

Pop Culture References for the name Makena

Comments

primandproper Says:

2017-04-06T03:42:41

its a place in Maui too! Super pretty.

autumnreverie Says:

2016-05-26T00:41:33

Makena also means "abundance" in Hawaiian.

keo Says:

2016-01-08T18:32:32

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:

2015-09-17T16:27:14

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:

2015-02-21T14:27:54

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:

2015-01-11T16:03:20

I honestly prefer McKenna.

indiefendi2 Says:

2014-12-30T19:49:45

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:

2014-03-29T22:14:37

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

CamilleR Says:

2014-03-29T18:19:37

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.