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Origin: South Africa
Region Origin: Southern Africa

Mackenzie is a Scottish name with Gaelic roots, derived from the Gaelic surname MacCoinnich. The name has multiple meanings, including "comely," "attractive," or "pleasant to look at". It can also mean "child of the wise leader" and "born of fire". Traditionally a surname, Mackenzie has become a popular gender-neutral name, although it is more commonly used for girls in the United States. The name Mackenzie has its origins in the Gaelic patronymic Mac Coinnich, which comes from the personal name Coinneach. This name is derived from the Old Irish name Cainnech, which consists of the element 'caín' meaning 'handsome' or 'fair'. The Mackenzie clan in Scotland has a long history, with ancestors traceable back to the 12th century. The name gained widespread popularity in the United States after actress Mackenzie Phillips began appearing on the television comedy One Day at a Time in 1975.

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