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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Mackenzie
This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Mackenzie in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the boy's name Mackenzie:
Records indicate that 6,013 boys in the United States have been named Mackenzie since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1994, when 648 people in the U.S. were given the name Mackenzie. Those people are now 26 years old.
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Comments about the name Mackenzie
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48 Positive Comments
"It is the best name ever! I don't care if people hate it because that's their problam! XD" Sep. 17, 2015:
"I like the name Mackenzie for a boy. I like the name so much I gave it to my daughter lol, McKenzie Anne. I think any name can be used for either gender. I'm a female named Brooke but also went to school with a boy named Brook. If I decided to have a third child their name would be Maxwell either way. Maxwelle Leigh for a girl. Maxwell Edward for a boy. Pick a name you like, who cares what gender society thinks it belongs to." Jun. 10, 2014:
"I named my son Mackenzie because his dad's name is Mac and I when I found out Mackenzie meant son of Mac, I thought it was the perfect name for our son. He has embraced his name and is proud to be called Mackenzie or Kenzie for a nickname." Jun. 10, 2014:
"My sons name is Mackenzie James and he was born in 1991. People have always commented on his name as being a very strong Male name. He's always been called Mack or Macka on the footy field and Mackenzie in his professional life. If anyone suggests that his name is a girls name, he just tells them the meaning of the name "Son of a King". If parents want to call a girl by a boys name that their prerogative." May. 16, 2014:
"My name is Mackenzie, and i am a male. Of course people tease me about it all the time but who cares! I am the only male i know named Mackenzie and I wouldnt want to be called anything else. Im glad i dont have a predictable guys name because i am definately not a predictable person!" Feb. 20, 2013:
"I named my son Mackenzie in 1995, had I known of its popularity with little girls, perhaps I would have chosen differently. My son is now 17 and prefers to go by Mac." Nov. 8, 2012:
"I really love this as a boy's name! Would love to see it more often for boys. Also love Mackenzie James as a first name/middle name combo." Sep. 18, 2011:
"We named our son Mackenzie and he's 14 now and still likes his name. It hasn't been a problem; anyone can look up the name and see that it is indeed a male name. Definitely don't like Mac- names for girls..seems odd. Great for boys :)" May. 6, 2011:
"We named our son Mckenzy because, obviously, we loved the name. Unfortunately, as he's gotten older he has received A LOT of flack for it. Because so many girls are named Mackenzie, people tell him it's girl's name...kids are cruel. In hindsight would we name him Mckenzy? Probably not-only because too many people can't keep their opinions & negativity to themselves. Parents need to think long(er) & hard(er) about what they'll name their child. If you're not rich or celebrity don't go outside the box--stick to the standards. If there's 10 Jennifers & 10 Matthews in their class, oh well." May. 4, 2011:
"We named our son Mackenzie and so far he's still happy with it. I even asked him once if he ever felt like he'd like to change it and he said "Nope, I like it. It's unique." He goes by the full version of the name without using a nickname, so we've had a good experience with Mackenzie as a boy's name. Still love it :)" Feb. 1, 2011:
"I love my name even though its meant for a boy :) (and for some reason my parents spelled it 'McKenzie') its a very strong name, and you dont see too many people who have that name. it makes me feel unique :)" Dec. 4, 2010:
"MY NAME IS MACKENZIE AND IM A GIRRRL. I LOVE MY NAME AND SO DOES EVERYONE ELSE. IT IS AN AMAZING NAME FOR A GIRL, JEEEZ. <3" Oct. 1, 2010:
"Why do Americans insist on using a Scottish Boys name for girls?
Plain wrong." Jul. 29, 2010:
"My name is Mackenzie, and I am female. My name means fire-born & fair one, and I am pround of my name.
People often spell my name wrong, as their are numerous spellings. They normaly spell it 'Makenzie'.
I've met only a few people with my name.
My name is pronounced Mah-Ken-Zee.
Some nicknames include: Mac, Kensi, Zee, Zee-Zee, Kinny (as i dislike kenny), Em, Emzy, and Kenz." Jun. 14, 2010:
"We named our son Mackenzie in 1996, and it is such a nice strong wonderful name for a boy. Sad to see it being used as a girls' name but we still love it for boys. I do wish people would consider the meanings of names, whether it means "son" etc, before just using it without thinking. Our son is 13 now and still loves his name in the full version, never preferring to use a nickname instead. And if he ever runs into the occasional uninformed person who thinks it is a girls' name, he will happily educate them on name origins and meanings." May. 16, 2010:
"thinking of calling my boy Mackenzie and i will probably nick name him Mac or Macca hope he likes it...LOL....or i like the idea of Z as a nick name too." Mar. 6, 2010:
"Hello my name is Mackenzie I am Canadian and I like my name a lot. I was named after the Mackenzie River and the Mackenzie Delta" Dec. 4, 2009:
"My name is Makenzi. People spell my name wrong all the time...even my own family.Everybody always asumes that its spelled Mackenzie...when i was younger my grandparents used to call me Mac. i hated that because my name wasnt even spelled Mac...etc!! But i've grown to love my name." Oct. 18, 2009:
"I named my son Mackenzie in 1996 when the name was very unheard of. I read that is was a strong surname and should be reserved for males. I had no idea that thousands of women were then going to start naming their little girls Mackenzie. My son gets picked on and I hate it for him. If I could change it now, I probably would." Oct. 10, 2009:
"McKenzie is mostly a last name. but if you use it as a first name ,it does sound cute like a little girls name. A nick name would be -Kenzie or something like that. the name MCKenzie if not a last name is hardly ever used by boys in America. It really is used as a girls name that is consider a femine cute name.yes I know the orgin of it. but doesnt change the fact it sounds like a cute girls name and mostly is used by cute little girls when used as a 1st name. Ive met many girls with the name McKenzie but would feel kind of sorry to name a boy a cutie name like that." Sep. 20, 2009:
"my son is called this - we're scottish def more of a boys name here...." Sep. 16, 2009:
"My son is called Mackenzie Joseph, we are Scottish and it means 'son' of the wise one, we love our wee Mackie very much and he suits his name perfectly, added this because today someone spelt it Mackinsie??? Annoyed me very much my other son is Kieran and this was spelt Kiren???" Jun. 23, 2009:
"my name is mckenzee, yes i spell it different. I have grown to love the name mckenzee. i have a lot of different nicknames, like mack, mac, kenzi, kenze bear, kay, mz, mckk, and ruthie form 7th heaven becuas ethe girl ruthies real name is mackenzie rosman" May. 16, 2009:
"mackenzie is a boys name theres no changing the fact it say 'son' of wise ruler not daughter" Feb. 14, 2009:
"I LOVE this name....I just named on of my twin sons Mckenzie and people always say "So you had a boy and and a girl?" I say no and think how uneducated they sound. McKenzie can be a boy or girl name but it really is a boy's name." Feb. 9, 2009:
"MacKenzie means "son of the wise king".
Mac is the gaelic word for son so yes it is supposed to be a boys name. Just unknowing American mother follow trends without doing their homework. Whats truly sad are the baby books that say it means "child of a wise ruler". So very politically INCORRECT." Oct. 4, 2008:
"My son is named Mackenzie. He was born in 1998.. Sometimes it's hard because it is soo often a girls name, but we found/find it to be unique." Aug. 27, 2008:
"I spell my name MacKenzie. It was my great grandmother's maiden name, and I like the origin behind it. I love being Scottish, and I like the nicknames that generate from it. Mac, Kenzie, Mackenz, Kenz, Kensington, Mackie... many possibilities. It's long, though, so if you have a long last name you might want to think twice. That's why my middle name is Joy. Short, sweet, and to the point.
Howvever, I think it's a terrible boys name, but that's just me." Aug. 2, 2008:
"my son is called mackenzie alexander i would say the name is more suited for a boy. everyone i meet loves his name" Jun. 23, 2008:
"My name is mackenzie and I love i soooo many people spell it wrong but i don't care and yes I think that tis can b a guys name to but truthfully I think that it suits girls better than guys." May. 28, 2008:
"Hi My maiden name was mackenzie and so I decided to give this name to my son, thinking it very unusual. I have since found out that it is certainly getting more and more popular." May. 20, 2008:
"I named my 4th child, a beautiful daughter, Mackenzie in 1999. We call her Kenzie. I always thought we would call her Mac...as that is a family name on my mother's side....but it just didn't fit! Kenzie is one of the 4 lights of my life...." May. 7, 2008:
"I love that name, is is for boiys or girls or both" Nov. 7, 2007:
"I love my name!! woo hoo!
Well lots of people spell it wrong like MaKenzy or Mackenzi or MaKenzie or someone even spelt it Macensi!!!
The correct way to spell it is Mackenzie. Gosh people, is it that hard??
I have only met 3 peple with the name Mackenzie, a boy in 9th grade, a little girl in 2nd and a woman in her 30s.
I love having this name cause everybody makes there own nick name for you. Ive gotten Mack, Mac, Mak, Kenzie, Mickie, Kenziton, Macarena, Macintosh and many many more." Mar. 2, 2007:
"lovely original name gonna keep it in mind for my son" Nov. 14, 2006:
"my names Mackenzie and i always get bugged because most people think its a girls name, but in actual fact it originated as a boys name and then later on became a girls name too. Mackenzie means "SON of the wise ruler" not daughter, not that girls cant have that name. Thats fine with me I just want to tell people its a boys name too." Oct. 17, 2006:
"Perhaps named after Mackenzie Phillips became well known? Or Sean Astin's younger brother, also on tv? I've known young ladies that have thought of changing their names to this.
Pretty good sound. Artistic." Sep. 21, 2006:
"my name is mckenzie and i love it. i am a girl so if you are thinking about it for a guy dont do it. this name has gotten a lot more feminene over the years." Sep. 14, 2006:
"My little cousins name and we call him kenz and sometimes kenzie and it a wicked name" Jul. 10, 2006:
"My name is Mckenzie, I'm a gal. Tons of people misspell it! They put y's and all sorts of stuff into it, but oh well. Some folks can't even say it right! (but those are mostly old people and they don't remember it anyway!) I've met one girl named Mckenzie and never heard of it anywhere else really. Maybe I need to get out more?? :P" Jul. 7, 2006:
"I have always loved the name, and my next daughter will be named "Makenzie". It is rather popular of late, which gives me some hesitation, but I have always liked this name (even though my mom always tells me that "It is a last name, not a first name!" lol)." Mar. 18, 2006:
"My name is McKinsey, and I am a female. I love my name, and I have only met little girls with my name, and I've never seen it spelled this way, besides me." Feb. 9, 2006:
"I love my name and i am the only one at my school named mackenzi eand it also has a bunch of great nicknames....." Feb. 6, 2006:
"My name is Mackenzie and im a girl .. i met i a boy mackenzie when i was in 1st grade .. then i never met another person with that name until this year theres 5 mackenzies at my school .. we're all girls and we spell it all Mackenzie and people always capitolize the K which is retarted and when i meet someone new im like 'Hi im Mackenzie!' and they give me a reallyyyy weird look and theyre like 'Um .. thats your FIRST name?!??!?1?!?!?' and they think im crazy. i hate it. but i looooooove my name now. its amazingly cool. its unique but common at the same time." Dec. 8, 2005:
"I am a girl and alot of times people tend to spell my name wrong. There seem to be more younger girls with my name. I have never met a boy named Mackenzie." Dec. 3, 2005:
"My name is Mackenzie, I am a girl. I like the name, but I go by Kenz, Kenzie, Kenny, Kenzer, Mac, and Mackie." Nov. 20, 2005:
"my name is mackenzie and i have only met one male named Mackenzie. lots of times people tend to spell my name Mckenzie. it doesnt bother me though. and Mackenzie has some good nicknames like Kenzie and Kenz." Jul. 17, 2005:
"My name is Mackenzie and I am a girl. Lately I have been noticing a lot more children with this name than my parents ever thought possible. They picked the name because it was different and beautiful at the same time. Anyways, now there are lots of different gifts like pens and rulers that you can buy unlike a few years ago. Just goes to show how the name has grown." Jun. 1, 2005:
3 Negative Comments
"My name's Mackenzie and got made fun of as a kid because of it." Jul. 24, 2013:
"Anybody who uses this is a forename should be shot. No forename should ever have a Mc or Mac prefix. Anybody who calls a child such is an idiot." Sep. 3, 2009:
"I just dont think you should have a Mc or Mac prefix in a given name." Nov. 6, 2007:
34 Neutral Comments
"Our son is named Mackenzie William ! When I first heard it I thought it sounded very masculine . We found the name from a picture in a hospital with a boy Mackenzie in it and as we liked the name Mac we thought it would give fullness to that name . I actually had never heard of the girl called Mackenzie until a few years later as we had only put it with a bloke I played football with had the name ." Nov. 7, 2014:
"I love the name Mackenzie on a boy, whenever I hear it I automatically think of a boy with curly blonde hair and green eyes. I don't understand why it is so popular for girls in the USA, it annoys me a bit because it was originally a Scottish surename and the meaning is masculine, I mean do the parents even look at the meanings? I am planning on naming my son this. I told my mum and she told me she's nicknamimg him Mac. That's okay, he'll probably be Kenzie to me though." Jul. 8, 2013:
"Of course there will be an elotcien in early autumn. The Auditor General's initial report on EAP spending comes out later in the fall, and there is no way in hell Harper wants to campaign after that. Should be lots of goodies there to make Adscam look like a 5-year old stealing a gum ball from a corner store. Harper would rather campaign now while the Grits are still weak. Watch for the 'Parliament is broken' line from the PMO." Mar. 17, 2013:
"Great boys name! It seems purely trendy and not quite right for girls. Love it for boys though. Our neighbors' 6yr old son is named Mackenzie and he's a smart, handsome, polite and very boyish young man." May. 1, 2011:
"Really like it for boys. Not so crazy about it for girls, doesn't really make sense. Our son is due in a couple months and we're naming him Mackenzie James." Apr. 7, 2011:
"I named my son Mackenzie and we have had problems with others saying it is a girl's name since he was in the hospital after birth. The nurses put a pink hat on him in the nursery (unintentionally) and teacher's and kids always make some comment about how his name is a girl's name. I get so annoyed trying to educate others that his name is originally a MALE surname and that it was traditionally a MALE name until Mackenzie Phillips hit the scene. We call our Mackenzie "Mack" but when he was little his nickname was "Kenzie."" Jan. 29, 2011:
"I am planning on naming my son Mackenzie because I feel as if it is a very strong boys name. We are planning to have Kenny as a nick name." Dec. 28, 2010:
"We live in the U.S. and named our son Mackenzie. It's never really been an issue and he still likes the uniqueness of his name. And on the rare occasion that anyone says something about it being a girls name it's pretty easy to point them in the direction of a name origin book or website and educate them :) Doesn't happen very often though. We love it as a boys name!" Dec. 13, 2010:
"I'm a male with the name Mackenzie living in the U.S. I always get weird looks from substitute teachers when they call out attendance and I raise my hand. Sometimes I get the question, "You're Mackenzie?" as if it were unbelievable or something. And sometimes people call me "Kenzie" to be patronizing. I know how to deal with it now, but if you live in the U.S. and are considering naming your son Mackenzie, be prepared for the ignorant remarks like, "Mackenzie's a GIRL'S name", and the whole social stigma that comes from it. But I do feel rather unique, its better than Michael, James, Benjamin, or other way too common male names." Nov. 22, 2010:
"Never heard of MacKenzie being a boy's name until today. Found out that it is orginally a "boys" name. Very interesting, but kindof hard to get used to since I know girls named MacKenzie." Nov. 8, 2010:
"I love Mackenzie for boys only! I'm hoping the girl trend in America ends soon, because it's a beautiful strong boys name in much of the rest of the rest of the world. Would be sad to see the heritage and meaning of the name diluted. We live in the U.S. and named our son Mackenzie years ago and still love it :)" Oct. 28, 2010:
"My name is Mackenzie, I'm a female. I think this name is a wonderful name for girls. It has many wonderful nocknames. My friends call me Kenz, kenzie and Mackenz. Mackenzie means fire born and fair one. I love my name." Sep. 14, 2010:
"Our son is named Mackenzie, and he says he doesn't get picked on at all for it. He's grown up with all the same kids in school and it's just never been an issue. We picked the name with love and still love it for a boy only. Seems silly when people give the name to girls, and I always wonder if they researched the meaning or thought about the origin at all when they came up with it. We love it as a boys name (and so does our son)." Aug. 18, 2010:
"Ahhh...This would indeed be my name. I cannot count the number of times I've been picked on for having it. It shouldn't even be considered a girl's name. When you have Mac________ it automatically means "Son Of ______". But it seems as if everybody in America is really stupid. I mean they can't figure out Mac____ names, and it seems all the names ending in "Son" and now girl's names too. For 10 years I've been picked on (I'm 15) for having the name Mackenzie, I've kept my cool about it, but seriously the next person who gives stuff about it is going to be broken in half." Aug. 8, 2010:
"I'll always think of Mackenzie as a boys name. It seems just sort of trendy and unresearched when I hear it on a girl but everyone has their own taste. A gentlemen we knew years ago had an adorable grandson named Mackenzie, tons of personality and a mature charming disposition, who's grown up to be an equally wonderful young adult, and I've loved the name ever since for boys. :)" Jul. 3, 2010:
"Have to disagree. Mac- anything name for a girl sounds ridiculous to me and anyone else who knows origins and cultural backgrounds of names. It's a masculine prefix..period. Mackenzie absolutely is a great boy name and I always mentally roll my eyes when I hear of a girl with the name." Jun. 11, 2010:
"Mackenzie isn't cute or strong or anything for a boy. i would never name a boy mackenzie" Jun. 9, 2010:
"One of our son's longtime friends is a boy named Mackenzie and it's a great name for a boy! He's a great kid and the name matches his loyal, strong and charming personality. Love it for a boy, not for a girl." Jun. 8, 2010:
"My pet peeve is boy names for girls. It leaves so few choices for boys, and embarrasses boys. I put a lot of thought into the meaning of a name, and find it strange that all parents don't do the same. Names that have Mc/Mac or Son in them are BOYS names. So I don't think girls should be called Mackenzie, McKenna, etc., which means "son of Kennedy," or names like Addison which means "son of Adam." *Kennedy, by the way, means "Ugly head" in Gaelic." May. 14, 2010:
"My best friend is named Mackenzie, and so many people pick on him because it's also a girls name... I call him Mack, but everyone spells it wrong: Mac. They always forget the K. And also, there are about five girls named Mackenzie that I know of... it's kind of funny." Apr. 1, 2010:
I rate the name Mackenzie as very strong and proud. I named my on twin Mackenzie, the other Macauley. Both fit with their last name O'Grady. But Mackenzie these days is synonymous with the female gender. I call him Z, his bothers call him Kenzie. It's like naming your son Sue. Made him tougher too." Jan. 23, 2009:
"i think it snds more like a boys name than a girls name i am goin to call my son mackenzie" May. 31, 2008:
"I want to name my daughter Mackenzie after the Mackenzie River in Montana. To me Mackenzie means brave, fierce, and fast like the Mackenzie River <3333" Apr. 19, 2008:
"We named our daughter Mackenzie Nicole in Oct. 96. It was rarely heard then. Everyone asked is that a family name? We would reply with no we just like it. Now days you hear the name Mackenzie everywhere you go! My husband and I like different names. We also have a daughter, Reagan Skylar born Jan. 01. I'm wondering if her name will grow to be as popular as Mackenzie's did." Nov. 9, 2007:
"I love the name Mackenzie for a boy. It's my brother's name and it's hard when I come across little girls with the name, as my brother is such a boy, that it doesn't seem to fit the petite, girlie girls out there." Jun. 24, 2007:
""my son's name is Mackenzie William Stephen. We found that is was not a very common name in our community. It always nice to have a different name."" Feb. 13, 2007:
"My son is called Mackenzie William and we call him Mack for short, it is a Scottish "male" name, I was very shocked to hear this is becoming popular for girls and to me it sounds far to masculine!!" Jan. 27, 2007:
"My close friend has the name Mackenzie and he is a boy and I know quite a few girls with this name but i know of none (except his) that are to be boys. I think it is a wonderfull name for either Boy or Girl, and I can't picture my friend Mackenzie with any other name. It suits him well. I'm sure it would suit anyone." Dec. 30, 2006:
"Hi, my name is McKenzie. I know plenty of girls with the name McKenzie. Spelt either McKenzie or Mackenzie. Either way, i have only seen it on girls. i not sayin that it's wierd, but it is def. unique for a guy. Older people always think that it is my mom's or relative's last name. I am just now starting to see it commonly used as a first name, but hey i don't care cuz McKenzie is unique and beautiful/handsome." Dec. 30, 2006:
"this is my name. everyone spells it the girls name" Dec. 15, 2006:
"Hey, Kenz or Kenzie. I'm glad you guys met each other. Do you guys also go to yoga classes and get your nails painted together? How many pints of Danon Yogurt do you consume together? Do you also got brothers named Cooper, Conner, Jackson, Hunter, and Wilson?" Aug. 23, 2006:
"I have been bemused by the use of MacKenzie for girls. The names means 'son of a wize ruler'. 'NicKenzie' is the feminine form."