Kenneth Name Meaning & Origin

Kenneth

Pronunciation: KEH-nehth (key)

Origin of the name Kenneth:

Of Scottish origin, Kenneth is the Anglicized form of the Gaelic Cinaed and Cionaed (born of fire), and Coinneach and Caoineach (comely, handsome). Short: Ken. Pet: Kenny.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Ken, Kennith, Kenny, Kent

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Nicknames for Kenneth

Ken, Kenny, Kenn, Kent, Kenji, Kenan, Kennon

Meanings and history of the name Kenneth

Meanings of the name "Kenneth", "Ken", "Kenny". The meaning changes to "handsome" when the nickname is used, but means "Born of Fire", "Royal Obligation" when the full name is used depending on origins.
Origin of the name Kenneth:
Of Scottish origin, Kenneth is the Anglicized form of the Gaelic Cinaed and Cionaed (born of fire), and Coinneach and Caoineach (comely, handsome). Short: Ken. Pet: Kenny.

Celtic: Kenneth:
Handsome.

American Ken, Kenny:
Handsome.
American: Kenneth:
Born of Fire.

Scottish/Irish:
Handsome, Born of Fire

English: Kenneth:
Royal obligation; Good-looking; fair.

Kenneth also means Born of Fire and is of Scottish/ Irish origin.

Famous real-life people named Kenneth

Kenneth "Kenny" Chesney, American country singer
Kenneth "Kenny" Rogers, American singer
Kenneth "Kenny" Loggins, American singer
Kenneth Branagh, Irish actor and director
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
Ken Howard, American actor

Kenneth in song, story & screen

"What's the Frequency Kenneth," a song by REM
Ken, Barbie's boyfriend
Kenny McCormick, from South Park
Kenneth Murtaugh, from Cheaper by the Dozen
Kenneth Parcell from 30 Rock
"Kenneth and the Carp," by E. Nesbit

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