Makena is the Swahili word for ‘happiness’, and the cheer really is incarnated in the name. Contrary to popular belief, it is not an euneek and kreative spelleng of McKenna/MacKenna. The names are pronounced quite differently. Makena is said with much breath (mahh-KEHHN-ahh), whereas McKenna is much shorter and sharper. Makena seems very lively and inquisitive; the name of a bright, happy child, and McKenna is just colder.

In Kikuyu, a language spoken in Eastern Africa, Makena means "happy." In Modern American usage, though, Makena is usually an alternate form of McKenna.
See Also: McKenna

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