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Gender: Male Meaning of Kenneth: "born of fire, handsome" Origin of Kenneth: Scottish and Irish Kenneth's Popularity in 2017: #218

The name Kenneth is a boy's name of Scotch-Irish origin meaning "born of fire, handsome". Kenneth is ranked #218 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Scottish Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Themed Families..".

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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
Kenneth More, British actor
(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
Kenneth Nathaniel "Nathan" Bates, 5th child on "Bringing Up Bates"

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
Kenneth Dilaurentis, Alison Dilaurentis' father on TV's "Pretty Little Liars"

Kenny, Keneth, Kennith, Kennyth, Ken

Kenneth's International Variations

Kennett, Kent, Kennet (Scandinavian)


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.