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Gender: Male Meaning of Ken: "born of fire or handsome; healthy and strong" Origin of Ken: Diminutive of Kenneth; Japanese

The name Ken is a boy's name meaning "born of fire or handsome; healthy and strong". Ken and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Strong and discussed in our forums with posts like "Which would you choose?".

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In many minds this one belongs to Barbie, but with such positive meanings and international connections, can Ken make the transition to usability again?

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Famous People Named Ken

Ken, Japanese musician
Ken Akamatsu, Japanese author
Ken Anderson, American football player
Kenneth Lauren "Ken" Burns, American documentary filmmaker
Ken Caminiti, Major League Baseball player
Ken Campbell, English writer, actor, and director
Ken Casey, bassist of the Boston Irish punk rock group Dropkick Murphys
Ken Clark, American actor
Ken Davitian, American film and TV actor
Ken Dodd, English comedian
Ken Dryden, Canadian politician, lawyer, businessman, author, and former NHL goaltender
Ken Follett, British author of thrillers and historical novels
Ken Griffey Sr., American baseball player
Ken Griffey Jr., American baseball player
Ken Harrelson, Major League Baseball player and broadcaster
Ken Holtzman, American Major League Baseball pitcher
Ken Hughes, writer and director of films, including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Ken Jennings, contestant on the game show Jeopardy!
Ken Kal, radio play-by-play announcer for the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings
Ken Kesey, novelist, author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Ken Kutaragi, president and CEO, later chairman, of Sony Computer Entertainment
Ken Livingstone, English politician, former mayor of London, UK
Ken Lloyd, Japanese-British musician, vocalist and songwriter of Fake? and Oblivion Dust
Ken Loach, British film director
Ken Schrader, American NASCAR driver
Ken Takakura, Japanese film actor
Ken Thompson, American computer scientist and one of the primary creators of Unix
Ken Watanabe, Japanese theater, TV, and film actor
Kendrick "Ken" Jeong, American actor and physician

Pop Culture References for the name Ken

Ken Carson, Barbie's boyfriend
Ken "Acro" Dingling, character in "Ace Attorney" game series
Ken Kaneki, character in "Tokyo Ghoul"
Ken Wheatley, character in "Jurrasic Park" series