[ 2 syll. ke-nya, ken-ya ] The baby girl name Kenya is also used as a boy name, though the use for girls is more popular. It is pronounced KEHNYaa- †. Kenya's origin is African, and its use, English. Its meaning is derived literally from the word Kenya. The first name is from the name of the African country Kenya, which is itself named after Mount Kenya, one of its significant landmarks.
See also the related form, the name Takenya.
Kenya is an uncommon baby girl name. At the modest height of its usage in 1973, 0.058% of baby girls were named Kenya. It was #275 in rank then. The baby name has seen a steep drop in frequency since then, and is of only sporadic use today. In 2018, within the family of girl names directly related to Kenya, Kenia was the most widely used. In the last century Kenya has primarily been a baby girl name. In 1978, 5 times more baby girls than boys were given the name Kenya.
† Pronunciation for Kenya: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; Y as in "you (Y.UW)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"