1. Adelissa says

    I’m not a huge fan of K names as our family is run amok with them, but I have read every Victoria Holt novel and I thought it was a beautiful name as well. I prefer Carensa, though I feel a tad guilty that it isn’t the “authentic” spelling.

  2. Kerensa says

    That’s my name and I love it a lot. Though because it was not common for an Asian born Australia to have that name I had a lot of trouble getting people to pronounce it properly over the years … ah ha the ways they try to remember ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m hoping I can find a rare and beautiful name to call my child ๐Ÿ™‚ still looking for one!

  3. Mookie says

    How interesting that this was posted on June 15th – my mother Karen’s birthday was that day! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I’ve often considered Kerensa as a way to honor my mother, but the tenuous connection always holds me back. I prefer Karina anyway – which, by the way, I didn’t see in your master list (though I did notice Katrina). Any way you could sneak in Karina for a NotD? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I have a separate question – does anyone think that, not as first names together, Katherine and Karina would be acceptable for siblings? My grandmother’s name is Katherine and my mother is Karen. I know the names are related, but I’m afraid just using one name to honor both wouldn’t quite make it through to them. (I doubt my grandma knows that Karen is related to Katherine.) Katherine would be a middle name. For example, two combos I have right now are Karina Florence and Eloise Katherine. It’s a niggling thing in the back of my mind; I’m just wondering what others think.

    Not pregnant yet, of course, this is all just speculation.

    • Elea@BBN says

      I don’t think it would be an issue at all if one was a first name and the other was a middle name. They sound distinct enough not to be confused, and the fact that they are family names is always special and significant.

      My sister was given the middle name Helen because my mum liked the fact that it was a variant of her own name, Elaine, and my name, Eleanor (this was when all name books listed Eleanor as “a variant of Helen”). No one else gets the connection, but we quite like the sentiment behind it.

  4. Clio says

    Thanks so much for featuring Kerensa! I first came across this name while looking for a way to honor my best friend Karen! I fell in love with the meaning, sound, & look of the name! Oh, I hope no one famous uses this name….I don’t want it to become too popular!

  5. Lady Gwyn says

    Ah, one of my fave K names. I like the Kerenza spelling, but it is pretty with the S, as well. I really like this one, and my love affair with Welsh names (Arianwyn, Brynna, Gwynn, etc.) is obvious in this choice! And, unlike other Welsh or names with difficult spellings (like any authentic Gaelic name), it is easy to pronounce.

  6. Sarah A says

    My mother’s name is Karen, so I’m definitely intrigued by Kerensa! All of the names on our girl list are 2 syllable, and with a 2 syllable last name we really want to find some 3 syllable middles. I could see using Kerensa as a variant of Karen to honor my mom, especially with that gorgeous meaning! My favorite variant (sound-wise) is still Karenina though.

    I do find the pronunciation a tad bit difficult and I’m not psyched about her murky origins, but on the whole I like Kerensa ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Faith says

    It automatically makes me think of “credenza”. I has a nice sound, but I’m not a fan as a name.

  8. Joanna says

    You know, this is really gorgeous. My only concern would be that people might think, as a couple posters above said, that it’s a modern, made-up moniker. (Kind of like how some would assume Jessamine is just a combo of Jasmine and Jessica.) Still, as soon as you told them that it was actually Cornish for “love” I think you would win over some fans!

  9. Julie says

    I’m intrigued by Kerensa’s meaning, but sound-wise I just hear Credenza. I like the Biblical and more straight-forward Keren more.

  10. Elea@BBN says

    Oh, yes, also about the Kerenza/Kerensa spellings. Z and S are often interchangeable in the Cornish language. You see this in other names such as Rosen/Rozen and Demelsa/Demelza

  11. Elea@BBN says

    I adore Kerensa. When I was a teenage I was obsessed with having twins called Cerys and Kerensa. Both are great…maybe not together…

    According to the Civil Birth Index for England and Wales (started in 1837) there is a Kerenza listed in 1893, and one in 1902. The spellings Kerensa and Carenza isn’t found until the 1930s. It’s always been a pretty rare name — it still is. I listed it under the general term traditional because it has much older usage that the recent ‘word-names’ and compounds such as Rosenwyn or Delennyk. “Cornish” names are notoriously difficult to find in the records. Even the digitised records are patchy and the long-standing names like Jory and Lowena are few and far between. I think that because Cornwall was so rural — and notoriously insular for many hundreds of years — they didn’t register the births officially (this happens in other similar areas). Most “Cornish” names in the records actually appear in Wales.

      • Elea@BBN says

        There is an old joke about how insular the Cornish were which said that the people of Cornwall considered even people from other villages to be “outsiders”. Ironically Cornwall gets it’s name from the Anglo-Saxon word for “foreigner”.

        It doesn’t help that Cornish almost died out by the 18th century — at least in the records — although it has has a revival since. I reckon that, like with Scottish and Welsh names, many Cornish names were being heavily Anglicised.

    • appellationmountain says

      Now that’s interesting – the whole Cornish/Welsh crossover – and yes, there’s even a similar effect in the US, as social security numbers weren’t standard-issue for newborns until after 1937.

  12. Lola says

    It’s got a lovely meaning but all I hear is the Karen in there and Karen was my childhood nemesis. Can’t do more than admire Kerensa from afar!

    • Kerensa Scott says

      Ahhh that is because the pronunciation is often wrong. It is not Karen-sa but Keren-sa with a long first E and a soft S. I am Cornish and called Kerensa and I love it but often have to pronounce it for people first. I don’t mind, as I have got older i have least it is good to be different

      • Ms Vanessa Claire CLACK says

        I named my daughter Kerensa in 1983 after reading Victoria Holt’s Legend of the Seventh Virgin at age 18 , 14 years later. Our family has always loved it and Myself and my daughter are very proud of its beauty and individuality. xx

  13. Kristin says

    I remember reading a book, I think by Victoria Holt (“The Seventh Virgin”??) with a main character named Kerensa – set in Cornwall, I believe, and there was talk about the name’s roots and meaning. As a twelve year old, I remember thinking it was such a beautiful, exotic name.


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