Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Makena

Makena is a Hawaiian place name. It’s a region located on the southwestern side of the island of Maui and is derived from the Hawaiian word “mak’ke” meaning “many gathered”. One story of origin suggests that Makena received its name when many people traveled and gathered there to collect coral for the building of the Po’okela Church in Makawao in the 19th century. Makena is also historically relevant given that it’s the landing point of the first European explorer, the French Captain Jean-François de La Pérouse. La Perouse Bay marks this location. Makena is also steeped in ancient Hawaiian mythology involving the fire/volcano goddess Pele. Jealous of the beautiful lizard maiden sunning herself on the beautiful south shore beaches of Maui, Pele spit fire from the Haleakalā volcano and split the maiden in two – the head becoming the area known as Pu’u Ola’i, and the tail represented by the Molokini islet. Makena is a beautiful and refreshingly unpopulated area of Maui, where the sun always shines in the shadow of the volcano and the beaches are magnificently pristine. Aside from this name’s connection to Hawaii, Makena is also said to mean “the happy one” in the Eastern African language of Kikuyu (spoken mainly in Kenya). It is for this reason that we are also calling Makena an African-American name. Lastly, Makena could simply be a respelling of MacKenna or McKenna which is a Gaelic surname meaning “son of Cináed” with Cináed being the Gaelic form of Kenneth, ultimately meaning “born of fire”.

All About the Baby Name – Makena

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME MAKENA

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME MAKENA

Makena is not as popular as McKenna or Makenna, but it is the proper spelling when referring to the Hawaiian place name or the Kikuyu “happy one”. It’s relatively new to the charts, only first appearing on America’s Top 1000 list in 2002. The name has always resided at or near the bottom of the charts and recently (2011) dropped off the Top 1000. In other words, Makena is a very rare name. On the other hand, McKenna and Makenna are moderately popular. It just depends on what meaning and what spelling parents prefer for their baby daughters.

Quick Facts

ON MAKENA

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

African-American

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

992

PRONUNCIATION:

mə-KEN-ə

SIMPLE MEANING:

Many gathered; Happy one

Characteristics

OF MAKENA

Multi-talented

Intuitive

Oneness

Idealistic

Philanthropy

Independent

Perfection

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Makena

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME MAKENA

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ON MAKENA

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Famous People

NAMED MAKENA

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Children of Famous People

NAMED MAKENA

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME MAKENA

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