Scottish and Irish
"born of fire, handsome"

Kenneth Origin and Meaning

The name Kenneth is a boy's name meaning "born of fire, handsome".

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.

# 262 in the US

Kenneth Rank in US Top 1000

# 332 on Nameberry

Kenneth Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Kenneth Popularity

Famous People Named Kenneth

  • Kenneth IIII, Kings of Scotland
  • Kenneth Arnold "Kenny" ChesneyAmerican country music singer
  • Kenneth Donald "Kenny" RogersAmerican singer,songwriter
  • Kenneth Clark "Kenny" LogginsAmerican singer,songwriter
  • Kenneth Charles BranaghNorthern Irish actor and director
  • Kenneth Charles WilliamsEnglish actor and comedian
  • Kenneth Joseph ArrowAmerican economist and Nobel Prize winner
  • Kenneth Duva BurkeAmerican literary theorist and philosopher
  • Kenneth GrahameScottish children's novelist
  • Kenneth "Babyface" EdmondsAmerican R&B singer and producer
  • Kenneth Wheelock "Kenny" MayneAmerican TV sports journalist
  • Kenneth ColeAmerican fashion designer
  • Kenneth Geddes WilsonAmerican theoretical physicist and Nobel prize winner
  • Kenneth Winston "Ken" StarrAmerican independent counsel
  • Kenneth Newton WalkerU.S. Air Force general
  • Kenneth MoreBritish actor
  • (Charles) Kenneth HorneEnglish comedian
  • Kenneth Lamont "Kent" BazemoreJr., American basketball player
  • Kenneth Harry ClarkeEnglish MP
  • Kenneth "Mr. Kenneth" BattelleAmerican celebrity hairdresser
  • Kenneth WelshCanadian,American actor
  • Kenneth Peacock TynanEnglish theater critic
  • Kenneth TigarAmerican actor
  • Kenneth Thomson2nd Baron Thomson of Fleet, Canadian business mogul and art collector
  • Kenneth Marlar TaylorU.S. Army pilot at Pearl Harbor
  • (Arthur) Kenneth SearightEnglish linguist, creator of the Sona language
  • Kenneth Graham RossAustralian playwright
  • Kenneth RobinsonBritish Minister of Health
  • Kenneth RexrothAmerican poet
  • Kenneth Lee PikeAmerican linguist
  • Kenneth David Kaunda1st President of Zambia
  • Kenneth Cordele GriffinAmerican hedge fund manager
  • Kenneth Nathaniel "Nathan" Bates5th child on "Bringing Up Bates"
  • Kenneth Arthur 'Ken' DoddEnglish comedian

Kenneth in Pop Culture

  • Kenneth "Ken" Carsonfashion doll made by Mattel
  • Kenneth Widmerpoolcharacter in A Dance to the Music of Time series by Anthony Powell
  • Andromakennethamblesorten "Kenneth" Ellen Parcellcharacter on TV's "30 Rock"
  • Kenneth Monnitoffcharacter in movie "Donnie Darko"
  • Kenneth Waterscharacter in movie "Conviction"
  • Kenneth "Kenny" McCormickcharacter on TV's South Park
  • Kenneth 'Ken' McLaughlincharacter in Mary O'Hara's "My Friend Flicka"
  • Kenneth Fordcharacter in "Anne of Ingleside" by L.M. Montgomery
  • Kenneth DilaurentisAlison Dilaurentis' father on TV's "Pretty Little Liars"