Meaning and Name Origin
Kenneth \k(e)-nne-th\ as a boys' name is pronounced KEN-eth. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Kenneth is "fire born; good-looking". Art historian Kenneth Clark; actor Kenneth Branagh.
For more information, see also the related boy name Kenn.
Kenneth has 1 feminine form: Kenna.
Kenneth is a very prominent first name for men (#17 out of 1220, Top 1%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#33520 out of 88799, Top 38%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Kenneth for boys. Kenneth reached its apex position of #15 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, and is at #191 presently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a charted analysis of the usage of Kenneth and corresponding names. Popular related forms of Kenneth (#191 last year) are Kenny (#839 last year), Kennith and Ken. These boy names reached the apex of their popularity during 1960-1969 and are now much less popular, with the versions Kenny, Kennith and Ken becoming less trendy. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)