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Gender: M Meaning of Kenneth: "born of fire, handsome" Origin of Kenneth: English Kenneth's Popularity in 2013: #187

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Kenneth may have lost much of its luster now, but Kenneth has had its moments of glory. The first king of Scotland was Kenneth, and Sir Kenneth, a Christian crusader, was the hero of the Sir Walter Scott novel The Talisman.

In this country, Kenneth was a Top 20 name from the 1920s through the 50s. And of course for many girls growing up, Ken was the name of Barbie's eternal boyfriend and ultimate dream date. Most recently, Kenneth Ellen (!) Parcell was the naive, perpetually smiling character on 30 Rock.

There have been a number of musical Kenneth/Kennys--Kenny Chesney, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Loggins, and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmunds.

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Famous People Named Kenneth

Kenneth I-III, Kings of Scotland
Kenneth Arnold "Kenny" Chesney, American country music singer
Kenneth Donald "Kenny" Rogers, American singer-songwriter
Kenneth Clark "Kenny" Loggins, American singer-songwriter
Kenneth Charles Branagh, Northern Irish actor and director
Kenneth Charles Williams, English actor and comedian
Kenneth Joseph Arrow, American economist and Nobel Prize winner
Kenneth Duva Burke, American literary theorist and philosopher
Kenneth Grahame, Scottish children's novelist
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, American R&B singer and producer
Kenneth Wheelock "Kenny" Mayne, American TV sports journalist
Kenneth Cole, American fashion designer
Kenneth Geddes Wilson, American theoretical physicist and Nobel prize winner
Kenneth Winston "Ken" Starr, American independent counsel
Kenneth Newton Walker, U.S. Air Force general
(Charles) Kenneth Horne, English comedian
Kenneth Lamont "Kent" Bazemore, Jr., American basketball player
Kenneth Harry Clarke, English MP
Kenneth "Mr. Kenneth" Battelle, American celebrity hairdresser
Kenneth Welsh, Canadian-American actor
Kenneth Peacock Tynan, English theater critic
Kenneth Tigar, American actor
Kenneth Thomson, 2nd Baron Thomson of Fleet, Canadian business mogul and art collector
Kenneth Marlar Taylor, U.S. Army pilot at Pearl Harbor
(Arthur) Kenneth Searight, English linguist, creator of the Sona language
Kenneth Graham Ross, Australian playwright
Kenneth Robinson, British Minister of Health
Kenneth Rexroth, American poet
Kenneth Lee Pike, American linguist
Kenneth David Kaunda, 1st President of Zambia
Kenneth Cordele Griffin, American hedge fund manager

Pop Culture References for the Name Kenneth

Kenneth Widmerpool, character in A Dance to the Music of Time series by Anthony Powell
Andromakennethamblesorten "Kenneth" Ellen Parcell, character on TV's "30 Rock"
Kenneth Monnitoff, character in movie "Donnie Darko"
Kenneth Waters, character in movie "Conviction"
Kenneth "Kenny" McCormick, character on TV's South Park
Kenneth 'Ken' McLaughlin, character in Mary O'Hara's "My Friend Flicka"
Kenneth Ford, character in "Anne of Ingleside" by L.M. Montgomery

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Kenneth's International Variations

Kennett, Kent, Kennet (Scandinavian)