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Origin: Old English
Meaning: Wise

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Kendra

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Kendra in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Kendra:

  • Records indicate that 88,607 girls in the United States have been named Kendra since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1987, when 3,839 people in the U.S. were given the name Kendra. Those people are now 30 years old.

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      30 Positive Comments

  • "Hi!! My name is also Kendra!! I absolutely love my name and have a friend named Kendra as well. My nicknames are kennidra, pronounced ken ee dra, Kendry, and ken ken! Love all of these nicknames!" Feb. 12, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think its a rare name and thats what I like. I am hispanic and the name doesn't sound hispanic to me. So instead of family members calling me Kendra they all call me Keka. Which is better than Ken or Kenny." Jan. 25, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm Kendra and I'm 15 and I love my name so much. Also my teacher told the class to describe your self in one work and I said a Kendra. Also everyone needs Kendra in their life or there life you be boring." Jul. 15, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "Yes, my name is Kendra. I have always experienced people asking me to say my name again for clarity. I love my name. When I was young, I was the only Kendra around in school. (Born 1953). But since then when I was an older teen I found out that there was another Kendra in my hometown who was a bit older. Just last year I finally met her at a concert outside and I told her that I knew about her back in 1972 approx. Apparently, she had no knowledge of me or that we knew the same guy way back when. It is truly funny, but a co-worker of my first husband actually named her daughter after me. At a party I sat down next to Kendra and told her what her name meant. She smiled. My father was searching for another name with a "K" in it. He actually heard it on the radio before I was born. Hence, that is how I received the name. Thank you. :)" Jun. 10, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "As a Linda, I didn't want an "in" name for my children. I loved the name Kendra because it comes from the olde English word "ken" which means to know. Kendra means woman of knowledge or seeker of knowledge. And it is a pretty name. My daughter though did not meet another Kendra until she was 8. She came home from camp thrilled to death to have met another Kendra." May. 15, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I personally love my name and know like 5 other KENDRAS that live in my town. My nicknames are like Ken, Kenny and KENDAR 😂" Mar. 25, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "Kendra is my name and I love it. I again thought that it was a stupid name but in the last couple years I have learned to love it. I am not named after anyone in my family my parents just liked the name. I know 3 other people with my name. I have many nicknames like Kennie, kenna, ks, kendy, and leash(which has to do with my middle name(Alysha))." Nov. 18, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kendra too and today our name is rare and im glad because it means that we are special and unique from other people!!!😀😀😎😎😇😇👑👑💗💗" Nov. 16, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "i'm a Kendra...very rare that i meet another "Kendra". i luv the meaning and aspire to live up to it (among other things)." Sep. 3, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "i'm 12 years old and my name is Kendra. The boys at my school call me kenken ( it is very inoying). I like my name but when someone says it wrong I get mad at them. I thought when I grow up my name won't fit me but now I know it is special because there aren't that many people with it." Mar. 4, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Kendra ... there aren't many of us out there, but that's what makes it more special when you meet one. :) My siblings call me Kenji and some of my friends call me Kenny or Kenny-d-ra, though I prefer to be called my whole name. My mom chose this name because of its meaning of "wisdom" or "understanding" (a tough one to live up to), she liked how it sounded, and she knew a girl in college whose name was Kendra. I've always liked my name and I've never experienced problems with spelling (an occasional "h" is added to the end by some people). The only difficulty I've had with my name is when people of other nationalities try to say it, they sometimes have a hard time with the 'dr' sound." Feb. 2, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I absolutely love my name, its original and no one else has this name, I used to think that it was an ugly name and I used to wish for a prettier name like emily or kayla, but now I love it because its unique like me!" Dec. 22, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "WUUt yAll MA NAM3 iSz. kENdRA... i ıı MA NAM3 & i WUdNt CHANGE iT 4 NUtHN!! i KNO LyK 5 0tHA GURlSz. DAt GOt MA NAME BUt iTSz. KOO... iM kENdRA NiC0lE StACy ANd i L0V3 iT!!! AKA..MHz.TVGııııı DUHH DUC3ııEZ...!!" Dec. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Kendra is my name and i love it! none of my friends have that name and they always wish they had my name instead of theirs. My friend aly, her full name is alysandria, says she wants me name. I truly love my name. I get all of these cool nicknames like kazy, k, and K-Mac. My middle name is McKenzie and that is how i got the nickname K-Mac." Nov. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kendra Marie Curtis and I love it! There is no other Kendra I know!" Jun. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i named my daughter Kendra because its unique and has a wonderful meaning. i must add its a name that is elaborate and brings out the femininity in any woman." Jun. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my Daughter Kendra because she was my last child and I wanted the family name to go on. My Grandfathers name is Kenneth, My fathers name is Kenneth, and then I had a little brother that passed way and his name is Kenneth. She loves her name because she loves to be named after her grandpa Ken." Jun. 4, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kendra and I love my name. I never thought it was anything special when I was growing up. I used to wish I had a "pretty name" but now I like my name because it isn't that common. (although it's much more common that I ever realized growing up) I've been called Ken for short and lately a lot of my friends have taken to calling me Kenny." May. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Kendra. Its my sister in laws name so i can't name my daughter that but I think its unique and beautiful" Mar. 22, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Daughters name is Kendra and ironically like a previous blogger she too was named after a girl I knew is grade school. My father's name is Kenneth who I am extrmely close with, thats how her name came about. I love it , it is different but not a tongue twister , strong yet feminin." Mar. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kendra. I was born in the Seventies. My mom's friend in High School's name was Kendra and she liked it. People think I was named after my Dad Kenneth. I go along with it, daddy's little girl." Jul. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kendra. I especially love its meaning; "understanding". My dad chose very well." Apr. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Kendra is my name and I absolutely adore it!!! Good thing I wasn't a boy, or else I would have been stuck with Kendrick :(" May. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like my name too. It's unusual, but not weird, and it has a good meaning -"knowledge" and "wisdom". People have complemented it saying it's pretty, and they tend to call me "Kendra", rather than other shorter form." Apr. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name I think its really cute and original. Some my friends call me ken, but I don't like that at all. And so I love my name so much and I think my parents couldn't have chosen a better name :~} Kendra We gave Kendra a name for two reasons. First, it means "wise women" and she entered the world and would look into her eyes. We all had a feeling that this was not her first visit to the world. Also, we also really liked a band from San Francisco called the Dream Syndicate. One of the founding members was Kendra Smith." Apr. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "That's my name too.But my nickname is Eden,heh kinda has nothing to do with my name.Kendy is so cute!" Feb. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's my name....I always loved it because I was the only kid in school with my name." Dec. 17, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's my name!! I love it. My father wanted to name me Kendall and thought better of it when he realized it was a brand of motor oil! My friends and family call me Kendy." Jun. 11, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "Kendra is my name and I have always liked it. Different but not weird or hard to spell. People I know well tend to call me by my full name Kendra Jean in lue of a nickname." Jun. 7, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's MY name...and when I was little, I always wanted to change it. But as I got older, people always commented on how pretty it is. And it is. It's a name that can "grow up" with you! :o)" Jun. 5, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "This name is boring and ugly. I'd never ever saddle a poor innocent little girl with this moniker. That's just wrong." Apr. 25, 2012: Report as inappropriate

      20 Neutral Comments

  • "My names is Kendra and I love it. When introducing myself over the phone, people sometimes hear Heather, Kenya or Ginger. When I repeat it, they always say that's a lovely name. Have any of you experienced this? Friends call me Kenken, or just Ken. My aunt named me, but not sure how she came up with the name. I have met 5 other Kendra's in my lifetime. I always search in Outlook at a new job to see how many other Kendra's work for the company." Mar. 10, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well my name isn't kendra but I did name my daughter kendra, cause I've always loved that name she just turned one this march." Apr. 27, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm 11 years old my name is Kendra I can't believe there are so many with my name I love how it is unique and uncommon I feel special" Feb. 21, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "idk if I love my name but I definetlu appreciate the meaning behind it" Jan. 20, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Name is Kendra and some of my friends call me Kengy, or Kenji, I got named after my Grandfather. His name is Kenny. I have never met another Kendra before, so I thought this site was cool to look at all the other Kendra's. I like my name, but if I had the chance to, I would change it." Nov. 25, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am one of the early Kendras...born in 66. It is still a unique name but I hear it more and more. I still turn my head everytime someone calls it the past they were always talking to me!" May. 30, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is kendra . people always tell me that i am going to be like kendra the play boy bunny but ............ i aint . and i love me sister for nameing me kendra" May. 19, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I name my daughter kendra...its unique and it does really suit her personality.." Aug. 29, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Kendra okonkwor is my name,am from nigeria my mums sister dat stays in US gave me d name nd am so proud of it,i also like hw its called at times by frnds some calls me ken or kendy wow i luv dat name" Jun. 2, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kendra, and I never really liked it (even though I had gotten many compliments over the years). Now it is becoming more popular, and I like it more. My sisters and close friends have always called me Kenge, which, funny enough, I like!" Dec. 15, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kendra, I was named after one of my mother's cousins. I love how unique my name is and the meaning of it fits me to a "T". The only thing I didn't like about my name as a child was that people would try to shorten in to "Ken" or "Kenj" and you really can't shorten girl name to a guy name when you are 12. I've adapted two nicknames I like very much, "Kay" and "K-Lou"." Apr. 20, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kendra and I never had any problems with it. Growing up I rarely heard the name, until I moved and there was one other girl in my school who shared my name during high school. I hear it once in a while, like today when I was at the deli they called two Kendra's at once, I was a little confused. I think the name is unique, but not weird. It is a strong name and it's pretty. I don't think it sounds flaky and people take me seriously because of it. Of course once in a while my close friends call me Ken, Kenji, Kenni, but I don't mind. Overall, I love my name!" Mar. 12, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm in my 40's and am named Kendra. I was named after my father, Kenneth. I never liked my name because it was so different. Lots of my friends call me Kennie or Kaye. I was the only one in my school the entire time I was growing up in the 70' and into the 80's." Feb. 16, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kendra [Saskia(Russia Sauce-kee-a) Cockayne (like the drug)] i didnt fully appreciate my first name and how wonderful it is until I got older. My first language was German and i could never pronounce it well so i hated it. But now that i only speak english i realise how pretty it is. I love it, its a great unique name. I really like that no one else has my name because it makes it less confusing (like everyone is named Sarah) and adds value on to my name. Everyone always compliments on my name. My nickname is Kenny, but i really like my full name." Jul. 25, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My nicknames are Ken, Kenny, Kendy and my mom calls me Kengy. I read on her someone elses nick name is Kendy, I thought that was pretty neat." Mar. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My mom named me after her grandmother - Katie, who she adored. Everyone who meets me who hasn't heard the name Kendra before always compliements me on what a beautiful name I have." Mar. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love the name kendra. it's very unique, and also very pretty. i wish my name was kendra. (mine's katelyn)." Feb. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "it my name too :) and its dumbledores mothers name in the last harry potter book :) i was so excited" Aug. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our daughter (the little angel) Kendra b/c my wife said it meant "spirit of water" and we both love the water. Turns out I can not find this meaning to Kendra anywhere but I would not change her name for the world. Kendra Francis (after St. Francis of Assisi) loves her yellow lab Topaz. It is a strong, intellegent, beautiful name." Apr. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kendra and I always thought it was a boring nothing special name. My friends all have nice names i've always wanted. I realized it's beauty and how unique and popular it is." Apr. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

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