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Gender: male
Pronunciation: KEN-eth, KEN-neth, KEN-nith
Meaning: born of fire, comely, handsome
Related Names: Ken, Kenn, Kennedy, Kennet, Kennett, Kennith, Kenny, Kent

Length: 7 Gender: {{#if male



Rank in 2000s: 114


Name: kenneth Origin: Gaelic,, Meaning (no case): born of fire, comely, handsome



The name Kenneth derives from the Gaelic “Cinaed” or “Cionaed” meaning “born of fire” or “Coinneach” or “Caoineach” meaning “comely” or “handsome.” From there, it became the Scottish “Kenneth.”

Kenneth I MacAlpin was the first king of Scotland in the 9th century. The name has been popular in Scotland ever since. Two other rulers of Scotland have borne the name.


According to the 1990 United States Census, Kenneth ranked as the 17th most popular male first name, the 2,584th most popular female first name and the 33,520th most popular last name. In the United States, the name ranked in the Top 1,000 most popular boy's names every decade since 1880. In the 21st century, the name ranked in the Top 200 most popular boy's names every year from 2000 (92nd) through 2006 (128th).

United States Popularity of the boy's name Kenneth in the 21st Century:

  • Year: 2006 Rank:128th
  • Year: 2005 Rank:122nd
  • Year: 2004 Rank:121st
  • Year: 2003 Rank:109th
  • Year: 2002 Rank:103rd
  • Year: 2001 Rank:94th
  • Year: 2000 Rank:92nd


  • October 11th is celebrated by the Catholic Church in honor of the name Kenneth.
  • “Kenneth” is the name of a city in the south western corner of Minnesota, USA.
  • “Kenneth City” is the name of a town in Florida, USA.


  • “What's the Frequency Kenneth” is a song by the rock music group “R.E.M.”
  • “Ken Kaniff” is a song by hip hop rapper “Eminem.”
  • “Kenneth Clarke's Beard” is a song by the alternative, inde punk group “The Wombats.”


  • Kenneth Elton Kesey – Author and counter culture figure who is best known for his first novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,” which was later adapeted into a movie.
  • Kenneth Branagh – Actor, director and writer who was nominated for four Academy Awards (Oscars) for “Best Director” and “Best Actor in a Leading Role” for the 1989 movie “Hamlet,” “Best Short Film, Live Action” for “Swan Song” in 1992 and “Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium” for his work on the 1996 movie “Hamlet.”
  • Kenneth Grahame – Scottish author who is notably known for writing the book “The Wind in the Willows.”
  • Kenneth McKenzie Clark – British television personality.
  • Kenneth G. Wilson - Nobel Prize winner for Physics in 1982.
  • Kenneth J. Arrow - Nobel Prize winner for Economics in 1972.
  • Kenneth Duane "Sox" Bowersox – Astronaut who was a member of five space shuttle missions and spent an extended duration on the International Space Station.


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Author: Rich Kachold

Facts about KennethRDF feed
Gender male  +
Length 7  +
Meaning born of fire, comely, handsome  +
Meaningnc born of fire, comely, handsome  +
Name kenneth  +
Origin Gaelic  +
Popularity 2  +
Pronunciation KEN-eth, KEN-neth, KEN-nith  +
Rank in 2000s 114  +
Related Ken  +, Kenn  +, Kennedy  +, Kennet  +, Kennett  +, Kennith  +, Kenny  +, and Kent  +
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