Kendra

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“.

It’s also likely that Kendra could have been inspired as a smoosh of Ken/Kenneth and Sandra, a shortened form of Alexandra or Alessandra meaning “defending men” or “defender of men”.

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”

Usage: English

Variants:

  • Kenna (Scottish)
  • Kenina (Scottish)

Male forms:

  • Kenneth (Scottish, English, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian)
  • Kennith (English)
  • Kennet (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian)
  • Coinneach (Scottish)
  • Cináed (Scottish, Irish)

Harry

Harry is the medieval English form of Henry, which comes from Germanic Heimrich meaning “home ruler” , made up of Germanic elements heim (home) and ric (power, ruler), both deriving from a PIE origin. Harry could also be used as a nickname for Harold meaning “army ruler” or “army power”.

Harry is also an English surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “home ruler”; could also be used as a nickname for Harold “army ruler” or “army power”

Usage: English

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Variants:

  • Henry (English)
  • Harold (English)
  • Hank
  • Hal

Harold

Harold comes from Old English Hereweald meaning “army ruler” or “army power”, made up of Old English elements here (army) and weald (ruler; might, power; authority) both derived from a PIE origin.

Harold is also an English surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “army ruler”

Usage: English

Nicknames: Harry, Rold, Hal

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Variants:

  • Hereweald (Anglo-Saxon)
  • Haraldr (Ancient Scandinavian)
  • Harald (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German)
  • Haraldur (Icelandic)
  • Hariwald (Ancient Germanic)
  • Chariovalda (Ancient Germanic)
  • Aroldo (Italian)