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Quick Facts on Kendall

  • Gender:
  • Unisex
  • Origin:
  • Celtic, English, Nordic, Welsh
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:
Valley of the river Kent, Valley of the spring, Archetype

Characteristics of Kendall

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Kendall

The name Kendall is the transferred use of an English surname originating as a location name in England and is associated with one of two places. The town of Kendal in Cumbria was so named because it lied in the valley of the river Kent. The name is derived from the river’s ancient name “Cunetio” paired with the Olde English “dæl” which meant “dale, valley”. Or from the place called Kendale in Driffield (northern England) which derives its name from the Old Norse “kelda” meaning “spring” and “dalr” meaning “valley” (valley of the spring). In any case, the surname Kendal dates all the way back to the Domesday Book of 1086. Yet another possible etymology for the name could be derived from the Welsh personal name “Cynddelw” which means “archetype” as in the ideal image of something (the perfect example). As a given name, Kendall is considered gender-neutral and used mainly in the United States.

Popularity of the Name Kendall

Kendall is a unisex name in America, although it’s currently (and surprisingly) more popular for girls than for boys. As a male name, Kendall actually dates back to 1913 – for girls, the name doesn’t really show up on the charts until 1980. By the early 1990s, the female Kendall surpassed her male counterpart in usage and they’ve been going in opposite directions on the charts ever since. The more popular the name becomes for girls, the less appealing it is to parents of baby boys. The usage of androgynous names for girls has been a naming trend for a while now, as has the usage of surnames as first names. These two reasons alone explain the popularity of Kendall for girls. We can’t help hearing “Ken doll” when we say the name, which gives it a masculine resonance, more so than other gender-crossover names. Kendall’s usage has also probably been enhanced by the popularity of Kourtney, Kim and Khloé Kardashian’s little sisters, Kylie and Kendall Jenner.
Popularity of the Unisex Name Kendall
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Kendall

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Kendall

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Kendall

    Kendall We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Kendall.

  • Popular Songs on Kendall

    Popular Songs on Kendall

    Kendall - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Kendall.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Kendall

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Kendall

    Kendall and Kyleah (Janet Muirhead Hill) - Twelve-year-old twins, Kendall, a boy, and Kyleah, his sister, have longed to find each other for more than eight years ever since their parents separated, each taking a child and allowing them no further contact. They have lived very different lives, one on the Pacific Coast and one in Kansas. Unfortunate circumstances begin to narrow the distance between them. What if they find each other? Can they renew the bond that once held them so closely? Kendall and Kyleah, a novel filled with mishaps and adventure, can be read alone, but is preceded by two previous novels that tell each preteen's story, Kendall's Storm, and Kyleah's Tree. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Kendall Kingsley and the Secret of the Scarecrow (Paul Counelis) - Kendall Kingsley and her best friend Bailey are getting ready to throw the biggest Halloween party their school has ever seen! But Kendall finds out something about the old scarecrow that stands in the corn field behind her house. . .something that she thinks no one else will believe. Why is the scarecrow following her, and why can't anyone else see it? 112 pages. Recommended for ages uncertain.

    Kendall Macaw Loves Her Ma (Tammy Fitzherbert) - This is an adorable story for kids and parents alike. In it, a baby Macaw who is highly attached to her momma, needs to branch out and leave the nest so she can start preschool. The momma bird knows just how scary that can be for her little one, but also knows it is time to let her spread her wings. This picture book, done with beautiful watercolor illustrations has an easy to read rhyming sequence that will have your kids memorizing the pages and wanting you to read it over and over again. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Kendall's Storm (Janet Muirhead Hill) - Ten-year-old Kendall's life isn't just unpredictable; everything about it is a mystery. Why can't he and Dad live in one place more than a few months? Why all the frantic all-night drives, the tucked-away motels, always being forced to leave his few belongings behind? Does Dad really work for the FBI, or is the truth actually too terrible to imagine? Kendall's biggest questions, the ones he has learned are forbidden to ask, are why Kendall was taken from his mother and twin sister when he was four years old, and what has become of them since? Are they alive? Why can't he see them? Kendall only knows two things for sure: He's afraid of just about everything...and Dad hates cowards. After one, seemingly insignificant act saving a shivering puppy Kendall encounters a series of terrifying events that force him to summon courage he never knew he had. If you've ever known fear or felt lonely, follow Kendall's harrowing journey as he discovers the greatest truth of all: That love even from a puppy can change everything. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Kendall

    Famous People Named Kendall

    Famous People Named Kendall - Cynddelw Brydydd Mawr (in English "Kendall", medieval Welsh poet); Kendall Jenner (reality TV personality); Kendall Schmidt (actor/singer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Kendall

    Children of Famous People Named Kendall

    Famous People who Named their Child Kendall - Bruce Jenner (Olympic athlete); Kris Jenner (reality TV personality)

  • Historic Figures

    Kendall - Unisex Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Kendall - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Kendall.

Personality of the Unisex Name Kendall

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Kendall

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