Kendra Name Meaning & Origin


Pronunciation: KEHN-drə (key)

Origin of the name Kendra:

Feminine form of Kendrick, from the surname of several different origins.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Looking for the perfect name? Try the Name MatchMaker to find the perfect baby name for you!


US Popularity of Kendra Over Time

Sister & Brother Names

Know a Kendra? What are her siblings named?

Name Lists Featuring Kendra

Contribute your knowledge to the name Kendra

Comments and insights on the name Kendra

My name is Kendra. I am not a female. I don't know any other male with this name.
I grew up in the 1970's and 80's and have met only one other person with this name.

Do you go by Ken? Right?

Change your name to Kendrick.

My name is Kendra, I am nearly 40 and growing up I didn't know anyone named Kendra. I grew up lower middle class, and am White, also first born named after my father, Kenneth. I grew up in North Eastern Colorado, a tomboy and my nickname is also Kenny.

I was born in 1956 and I am 59 years old. My name is Kendra and I grew up not nothing a single person named Kendra. I was born in the UK to American parents (dad was Air Force) I came back the the US when I was 2. I lived in IA and AL most of my years, but spent time in ND,SC, CA, OK, LA, TX, FL, KS, MT and many points between. I often spent time with people who later named a daughter after me, Kendra, some even asking me if I would mind. The name was not in any known baby names book back then. I have never meet a Kendra older than I am, but I see they say there was some in the 1940s but I have never personally met one.

Personal experiences with the name Kendra

My partner is called Kendra. she is very English from a nice part of London (Hampstead) and has the sexiest posh English accent.
Kendra is a very old AngloSaxon name that is quite unusual even here in the UK. She has never been that keen on it herself as she thinks it is a "hard" name with the K & D, but I love it as I love her.

I've met a number of Kendras and they usually fall into two categories: Young African-American girls (usually under 15) or young white women (usually under 35), who tend to come from very affluent, Yuppie-ish backgrounds.

I disagree. My cousin's name is Kendra and she doesn't fall into either of those catergories. She is a very nice woman in her late twenties and is not the least bit "yuppie-ish".

I'm a Kendra and am not "yuppie-ish" Yes indeed growing up there were very few Kendra's only one that happen to live around the corner. We where both named after are father's (Kenneth) We where first born. Where I live in the Missouri the name is given to predominantly white female. Not much Diversity where I live. That is changing in a good way. I enjoy my name very much and it seems to be coming back in. Only made fun of once and it was "Kindergarten Weenier" my last name rhymed with weenier! ha ha other than that it is what it is. hope this helps.

I am in my 70's and there was a Kendra in my school who was definitely very yuppie-ish. However, I think it's a pretty name, and definitely a nice name for a girl whose father's name is Kenneth.

Kendra is my 7 year old daughters name, she is the youngest of three, the only girl, and was named after my husband. You may have one stereotype half right, because my husband is black. I, however am not black and I chose the name because my husbands name is Kenny.

My name is Kendra and I'm definitely not yuppie-ish, I am however mixed, part black, native american, german, and irish, so you're sort of right about the black part I guess. I'm actually an introvert but extremely creative, which I feel fits since the name Kendra feels creative to me. Coincidentally despite it being a girly name I am a tomboy and usually prefer the nickname Ken or Kenny. I'm also under 25 but over 15.

My name is Kendra and I am white (Scotch-Irish ancestry), I'm under 25, but over 18. My father is NOT named Kenneth. My mom had a friend who worked with a woman named Kendra and my mom fell in love with the name. I'm also introverted and exceedingly creative (I write books, fanfiction, songs, poems, plays, short stories and love arts and crafts). I am a tomboy and my closest friends and family call me Ken, except for one aunt who calls me Kenny Sue and her husband, who calls me Kenj or Kenji. In high school kids were stupid and asked if I was named after the playboy bunny, despite her being only 6 years older than I am. And in science class, everytime we were reading aloud and someone said 'tundra', the kid said my name. Honestly, I got made fun of more for having the last name Phillips and kids made jokes about diarrhea and screwdrivers "Go screw yourself, Phillips" was said to me really often in middle school. Overall, I love my name because it is still not that common (especially compared to any variation of the name Brittney, Kayla, Anna, Amanda, Jessica, etc.) and I think it's for creative people. I once read that Kendra was an English name that meant 'water baby' and 'magical'. I totally agree fit that (born in February and I'm a Pisces - the fish). My middle name is Lynn and it's Celtic/Gaelic/English meaning is 'from the lake'. I think my name is pretty special and wonderful and perfect for those creative types!

Hi, my name is Kendra(I'm African American) and my mom named me after one of her uncle's ex girlfriend(who just so happened to be white). She loved the name and thought that the lady was really sweet and wanted to have a sweet daughter!Lol,besides that, I am 29, college educated, and working towards being a fashion designer. After researching my name, I found out that most Kendras' are wise, goal oriented business women, which surprised me because I have yet to be successful in business! Maybe after researching the meaning I can now live up to the meaning of being a Kendra and be a awesome business woman :-) Oh and yes a am tomboy-ish, I love football and basketball, and playing and wrestling with my kids!

Nicknames for Kendra

Ken Ken

Meanings and history of the name Kendra

(American) ingenious
(Anglo-Saxon) the knowing woman
(English) Water baby, Magical

Famous real-life people named Kendra

Kendra Wilkinson, Playboy Model, television personality, and member of "The Girls Next Door"

Kendra in song, story & screen

Kendra Peterson, a character in the musical "13". Features the song: "Hey Kendra".
Kendra, a character in the book "Remember Me to Harold Square" by Paula Danziger
Kendra Young, a character from the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Kendra Mason, a character from the TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation
Kendra Sorenson, a fictional character in the Fablehaven
Kendra Dumbledore, mother of Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter novels
Kendra Saunders, a DC Comics superheroine known as Hawkgirl
Kendra Kandlestar, the main character in the children's series "Kendra Kandlestar" by Lee Edward Fodi
Kendra, is a character in the Gwen Bristol novel "Calico Palace"
Kendra is a character in the Brandon Mull's Fablehaven series
Kendra Green is a character is Simone Elkeles series "Leaving Paradise"
Kendra Phillips is a character in Ann M. Martin's series "Baby-Sitters Club" specifically book #81, Kristy and Mr. Mom.
Kendra is a chaaracter in Alex Flinn's novel "Beastly"
"Kendra" is a book by Coe Booth
Kendra is a character in the book "The Seventeen Second Miracle" by Jason F. Wright
Kendra named doll, Groovy Girls

No Way
No Way
No Way
No Way
No Way
No Way
No Way
No Way


No Way


No Way


No Way


No Way


No Way


No Way