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What does Kenneth mean?

Kenneth Pronunciation of Kenneth [ken-neth] 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.

Associated with: irish, fire, good.


Kenneth has 5 variants: Ken, Kennet, Kennett, Kennith and Kenny.

Affiliated boy name: Kenn.

1 feminine form: Kenna.

Creative forms:
(male) Keeneth, Kerneth, ..

(female) Kenen, Kentha, ..

Middle name pairings:
Kenneth Carsten (K.C.), ..

How popular is Kenneth?

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 (#33090 out of 150436, Top 22%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Kenneth reached its apex position of #15 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, and is at #199 presently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kenneth name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kenneth outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular related forms of Kenneth (#199 from recent data) are Kenny (#890 from recent data), Ken (#1751), Kenn and Kennith. These relations of Kenneth were favored as birth names 65 years ago (adoption of 1.39%) and are now much less common (adoption 0.12%, 91.1%), with versions like Ken becoming somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kenneth, Ken, Kenn, Kennith, Kenny in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kenneth and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Bennet, Bennett, Cleneth (see Cleanth), Dennet, Jereth, Kannen, Keane, Keene, Keenen, Keith, Kendel, Kendell, Kenedi, Kenelm, Kenhelm, Kenlea, Kenlee, Kenleigh, Kenley, Kennady, Kennan, Kennard, Kennedey, Kennedy, Kennelm (see Kenelm), Kenner, Kenney, Kennie, Kennon, Kennt, Kent, Kentt (see Kent), Keyne, Kinnell, Kinney, Kleanth (see Cleanth), Konner, Sennet and Sennett. These names tend to be less frequently used than Kenneth.

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