Kendra seems to be a feminine form of Kenneth, itself an anglicized form of two Scottish Gaelic names:
- the first is Coinneach meaning “handsome, fair, beautiful” via Gaelic caoin (handsome);
- the second is Cináed, a name of uncertain etymology though the second element seems to be derived from Old Irish áed “fire” < Proto-Celtic *aidus which ultimately derives from a PIE root word. The first element may be derived from Irish cion (love, affection; regard, esteem), so the name would essentially mean “beloved of Aodh”, Aodh being the god of the underworld;
- Cináed may also possibly be related to Ciniod, a Pictish name with a very different origin. Though the first element is uncertain, the second element seems to be related to Proto-Brythonic *jʉð (lord, judge).
Kendra could also be a feminine form of Kendrick which in this case comes from an English, Welsh, and Scottish surname with a few possible meanings such as (respectively) “royal power”, “chief hero” or “great champion”, or “son of Henry“.
Origin: Proto-Indo-European; uncertain
Meaning: “handsome, fair, beautiful”; possibly “beloved of Aodh”; may also be related to a Pictish name, the second element possibly meaning “lord”; “royal power”, “chief hero” or “great champion”, or “son of Henry”
- Kenna (Scottish)
- Kenina (Scottish)
- Kenneth (Scottish, English, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian)
- Kennith (English)
- Kennet (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian)
- Coinneach (Scottish)
- Cináed (Scottish, Irish)