What does the baby name Kendall mean? Learn about what Kendall means, its history & origin, popularity in our random name database, pronunciation, similar names, nicknames & spelling variations.

Kendall - Name Meaning, Origin & Popularity

Spelling of Kendall
K-E-N-D-A-L-L, is a 7-letter male given name.
Pronunciation of Kendall
KEN dal
Meaning of Kendall
Valley of the river kent, coming from the kent river valley.
Origin of Kendall
The name 'Kendall' has English origins. It is derived from the Old English words 'kent', meaning 'border' or 'valley', and 'dæl', meaning 'dale' or 'valley'. When combined, the name 'Kendall' can be interpreted as 'valley on the border' or 'valley dweller.'
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Popularity of Kendall
The popularity of the name 'Kendall' has varied throughout history. In the United States, it began to gain attention as a given name for boys in the late 19th century. However, it was primarily used as a surname until the mid-20th century when it started to be used more commonly as a first name.

In recent decades, the name 'Kendall' has seen a notable increase in popularity. It has become more gender-neutral, being used for both boys and girls. The name's association with nature and its pleasant sound has appealed to many parents, leading to its rise in usage.
Kendall currently has 150 likes, and is in the top 3% of liked boy's names. The name Jett is slightly more popular than Kendall.

Etymology of Kendall

The etymology of the name 'Kendall' can be traced back to Old English. The word 'kent' refers to a border or boundary, while 'dæl' signifies a valley or dale. These Old English roots give the name its meaning of 'valley on the border' or 'valley dweller.'

Cultural Significance of Kendall

While 'Kendall' does not hold significant cultural or historical associations, it is often seen as a name that evokes a sense of nature and tranquility. The name's connection to valleys and borders can symbolize a harmonious coexistence between different regions or elements.