Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Mackenzie

Mackenzie is the transferred use of a distinguished Scottish clan name which originated from the older Gaelic "MacCoinnich" (son of Coinneach, or son of the “bright one”). Coinneach is an Old Scottish-Gaelic personal name meaning "comely, good-looking.” Even though the Mackenzie clan has been playing bagpipes and wearing kilts in Scotland for over 700 years, usage of Mackenzie as a forename is relatively recent (late 20th century). Although this one would be considered gender-neutral, it’s much more popular for baby girls. Original usage of the name was influenced by the then teenaged actress Mackenzie Phillips (b. Laura Mackenzie Phillips) who rose to stardom in 1976 on the popular sitcom “One Day at a Time” (1975-1984). However, the name really caught on around the turn of the 21st century (2001) when names like Mckinley, Mckayla and Mckenna came into vogue. In England, Mackenzie is more popular for baby boys, but it’s a Top 100 baby girl’s name in Canada, Australia and the United States.

All About the Baby Name – Mackenzie

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME MACKENZIE

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME MACKENZIE

Mackenzie is definitely a modern-day American favorite. The name first appeared on the U.S. female naming charts in 1976 at position #838 (influenced by the actress Mackenzie Phillips, daughter of musician John Phillips of The Mamas and The Papas). Despite Mackenzie Phillips notorious drug problems, her unusual Scottish surname-turned-first-name caught on with a vengeance. It only took the name 20 years to reach Top 100 status in the United States. Its highest point on the charts was achieved in 2001 at position #40; however, her heyday appears to be behind her. Like Madison, Mackenzie may have become too popular too quick. Its ϋber-trendiness is clearly wearing off (although she remains a Top 100 favorite nationwide). Mackenzie also has a history of usage among baby boys since the mid-1980’s, but with such low frequency it hardly registers. Cute, trendy and sweet, Mackenzie is a darling modern name choice.

Quick Facts

ON MACKENZIE

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

Celtic

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

62

PRONUNCIATION:

mә-KEHN-zee

SIMPLE MEANING:

Comely, good-looking

Characteristics

OF MACKENZIE

Humanitarian

Community-minded

Family-oriented

Loving

Affectionate

Compassionate

Sensitive

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Mackenzie

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME MACKENZIE

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

Popular Songs

ON MACKENZIE

Mackenzie Park
a song by Aaron Watson

Famous People

NAMED MACKENZIE

Mackenzie Phillips (actress)
Mackenzie Bowell (former Prime Minister of Canada)
Mackenzie Crook (actor)
Mackenzie Rosman (actress)
Mackenzie Phillips (actress)
Mackenzie Bowell (former Prime Minister of Canada)
Mackenzie Crook (actor)
Mackenzie Rosman (actress)
Mackenzie Phillips (actress)
Mackenzie Bowell (former Prime Minister of Canada)
Mackenzie Crook (actor)
Mackenzie Rosman (actress)

Children of Famous People

NAMED MACKENZIE

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

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME MACKENZIE

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