Gender: Male Meaning of Kenneth: "born of fire, handsome" Origin of Kenneth: Scottish and Irish Kenneth's Popularity in 2019: #233

Kenneth Origin and Meaning

The name Kenneth is a boy's name of Scotch-Irish origin 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.

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Rank in US: #233

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Famous People Named Kenneth

Pop Culture References for the name Kenneth

Kenny, Kennith, Keneth, Kennyth, Ken

Kenneth's International Variations

Kennett, Kent, Kennet (Scandinavian)


CailinRua Says:


Kenneth has dignity and sounds better in full.

burg123 Says:


ugly man name

Daiseymae Says:


A great name that is still popular.

raefrank Says:


I love the meaning.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Love this name, especially with the nickname Kenny

cabosanmucus Says:


Kenneth is timeless.

lesliemarion Says:


I still think of it as a romantic name. Kenny, not so much.