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Quick Facts on Kendrick

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • African-American, English, Scottish, Welsh
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 317
Simple meaning:
Royal power; High chief; or Son of Henry

Characteristics of Kendrick

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Kendrick

Kendrick is the transferred use of an English surname with a couple possible origins. In England, Kendrick was ultimately derived from an old personal name “Cenric” from the elements “cyne” (royal) and “rīc” (power). In Wales, the name comes from “Cynwrig” from components meaning “high chief”. In Scotland, the surname Kendrick is shortened from Mackendrick, borne by Highland clans and meaning “son of Henry". The first recorded spelling of this surname was rendered as Kendrich in England. As a masculine given name, Kendrick is very modern and used primarily in North America. The popularity of Kendrick in the United States has also been propelled by the African-American community.

Popularity of the Name Kendrick

Kendrick first hit the American male naming charts in 1964 but didn’t see most of its popular usage until the 1980s. That’s when Kendrick was at his peak success. Since the 1990s and into the 21st century, this is a name on the decline. Although mainly considered an English, Welsh or Scottish surname, Kendrick has been embraced within the African-American community in particular. Interestingly, other names of Scottish origin (e.g., Malcolm, Kelvin) have also been embraced among Blacks. What’s noteworthy about this is that the American Blacks and Scots share an interesting history. In colonial times, Scottish Presbyterians came to this new land to escape religious persecution back at home. It was they who introduced Christianity to the African slaves in the Carolinas and taught them their way of celebrating and worshiping through song. In the Scottish-Gaelic tradition of psalm singing, a psalm is called out and the congregation sings a response. This is perhaps the root of African-American gospel music. This same academic study by a Black professor of ethno-musicology (Willie Ruff) also concludes that Scottish-Gaelic (not English) was actually the first non-African language spoken by Black slaves. In any case, Kendrick is a name used mainly by Blacks in America, but it is also a great choice for any “son of Henry”.
Popularity of the Boy Name Kendrick
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Kendrick

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  • Famous People Named Kendrick

    Famous People Named Kendrick

    Famous People Named Kendrick - Kendrick Lamar (American rapper); Kendrick Perkins (basketball player); Kendrick Meek (politician); Kendrick Perkins (basketball player); Kendrick Dean (music producer and composer); Kendrick Smithyman (New Zealand poet); Kendrick Releford (boxer known as "The Apostle"); Kendrick Clancy (football player)

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Personality of the Boy Name Kendrick

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

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