Why is Kenya named Kenya?

Kenya is named after Mt. Kenya its highest mountain. It is the second highest mountain in Africa after Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. It is a misconception that the name Kenya originated from its first president Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. And whilst the name came from Mt. Kenya, the mountain was not originally called Kenya as Kikuyu locals called it Kirinyaga (mountain of whiteness). British colonialists found it hard to pronounce hence Kiinyaa and later Kenya (Home of the Gods).