Gender: Masculine
Origin: Biblical Hebrew קֵינָן
Meaning: “possession.”
Eng (KEE-nen); Bos (KEH-nahn)

The name is found in the Old Testament, in Genesis, as the name of a Biblical Patriarch who lived before the Great Flood and the great grandson of Adam.

The name can also be an anglicized form of the Irish male name, Cianán (KEE-nen), though in this case the name is usually more often anglicized as Keenan.

In the Bosnian case, the name is derived from the Turkish, which is a Turkish form of the Arabic, Kanan, an Arabic form of the Biblical Hebrew male name, Canaan.

The name only seems to have caught on in the 20th-century and as of 2010, Kenan was the 19th most popular male name in Bosnia & Herzegovina. His rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 468 (France, 2009)
  • # 474 (Netherlands, 2010)

The name is borne by American actor and comedian, Kenan Thompson (b.1978).

The Biblical form of Kenan is sometimes anglicized to Cainan. Other forms of the name include:

  • Qeynan قينان (Arabic)
  • Quenan (Catalan/Spanish)
  • Kenan قینان (English/German/Persian)
  • Kénan (French)
  • Kainan Καιναν (Greek)

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