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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 "Kenny" Chesney, American country singer
Kenneth "Kenny" Rogers, American singer
Kenneth "Kenny" Loggins, American singer
Kenneth Branagh, Irish actor
Kenneth Williams, British actor and comedian famous for roles in the 'Carry On...' films (1950s onwards).
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 G. Wilson, American theoretical physicist and Nobel prize winner

Pop Culture References for the Name Kenneth

Dr Kenneth Monnitoff, from the movie "Donnie Darko"
Kenneth Waters, from movie "Conviction"
Kenneth "Kenny" McCormick, from South Park
Kenneth 'Ken' McLaughlin, character from My friend Flicka, by Mary O'Hara

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Kenneth's International Variations

Kennett, Kent, Kennet (Scandinavian)