Kenneth: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Kenneth

Kenneth

Pronunciation: KEH-nehth (key)

Origin of the name Kenneth:

Of Scottish origin, Kenneth is the Anglicized form of the Gaelic Cinaed and Cionaed (born of fire), and Coinneach and Caoineach (comely, handsome). Short: Ken. Pet: Kenny.

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Comments and insights on the name Kenneth: | Edit

Kenneth is a handsome, masculine, strong name for a baby boy. Pronounced Ken-ith.

Personal experiences with the name Kenneth: | Edit

Kenneth is the name of my good friend's husband. He's a jovial guy, and he takes good care of his wife and children. He goes by "Ken", most of the time, however. He's a really great guy. With a great name! =)

My son is 11 and his name is Kenneth. I love this name, and I love my son, it suits him perfectly. He is very handsome, and also very athletic, which I think the name implies. I have always told my husband that the name Ken sounds like a "hunk" name since we were back in high school, and that our son would be a hunk if we named him this. It just sounds very masculine to me and I did not want to give our son a weak sounding name, I wanted him to be sure of himself. I think names like Aiden and Preston sound too uppity and weak. I love my son's name. We call him Ken or Kenny, sometimes K when he was little and his siblings had trouble pronuncing it.

Nicknames for Kenneth: | Edit

Ken, Kenny, Kenn, Kent.

Meanings and history of the name Kenneth: | Edit

Meanings of the name "Kenneth".

Celtic:
Handsome.

American:
Handsome.

Scottish:
Handsome.

English:
Royal obligation; Good-looking; fair.

Famous real-life people named Kenneth: | Edit

Kenneth "Kenny" Chesney, American country singer
Kenneth "Kenny" Rogers, American singer
Kenneth "Kenny" Loggins, American singer
Kenneth Branagh, Irish actor
Kenneth Arrow, American economist
Kenneth Burke, American theorist and philosopher
Kenneth Grahame, Scottish writer
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, American singer
Kenneth "Kenny" Mayne, American sports journalist
Kenneth Cole, American designer

Kenneth in song, story & screen: | Edit

"What's the Frequency Kenneth," a song by REM
Ken, Barbie's boyfriend
Kenny McCormick, from South Park
Kenneth Murtaugh, from Cheaper by the Dozen
Kenneth Parcell from 30 Rock

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