Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Kendra

Kendra is a name whose etymology is up for debate. As a relatively recent creation, most believe that Kendra was developed from the Welsh male name Kendrick, itself derived from a surname Cynwrig. Apparently, this name comes from the Celts meaning ‘wise ruler’ or ‘high hill.’ It may also be derived from an Olde English personal name Cēnerīc (from “cēne” meaning ‘keen’ and “rīc” meaning ‘power’). Lastly, it could be a simple marriage between the names Kenneth and Sandra. The name was primarily coined in the United States in the latter half of the 20th century.

All About the Baby Name – Kendra

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME KENDRA

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME KENDRA

The name Kendra entered the U.S. popularity charts for the first time in 1946. By the mid-1950s it became clear that Kendra was on her way up the charts. It wasn’t necessarily a quick ascent, but she managed to land a spot on the Top 100 list in 1987 where she stayed for a couple years before reversing her direction. The name showed backwards momentum on the charts all through the 1990s and into the early 21st century. It’s interesting to note that Kendra got a little boost back up the charts between 2005 and 2007 likely influenced by Kendra Wilkinson, a reality TV character in “The Girl’s Next Door.” She was Hugh Hefner’s beautiful, sporty and endearingly goofy girlfriend. The show’s popularity probably served to remind American parents of this adorably energetic name. Kendra is a pretty, modern, cheerful and unpretentious choice for a little girl.

Quick Facts

ON KENDRA

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

American

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

187

PRONUNCIATION:

KEHN-dra

SIMPLE MEANING:

Wise ruler, enthusiastic power

Characteristics

OF KENDRA

Authoritative

Powerful

Tough

Tenacious

Wealthy

Problem-solver

Achiever

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Kendra

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME KENDRA

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Kendra

Popular Songs

ON KENDRA

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Kendra


Famous People

NAMED KENDRA

Kendra Wilkinson (reality TV star)

Children of Famous People

NAMED KENDRA

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Kendra

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME KENDRA

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Kendra