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What does Kenny mean?

Kenny Pronunciation of Kenny [ken-ny] as a boys' name is pronounced KEN-ee. Surname and nickname of Kendall, Kendrick and Kenneth.

Associated with: surname.


Kenny has 2 variants: Kenney and Kinney.

Related boy name: Ken.

10 more alternative forms via Kendall, Kendrick, Kenneth: Ken, Kendal, Kendel, Kendle, Kendyl, Kendyll, Kennet, Kennett, Kennith and Kenrik.

Creative forms:
(male) Kainy, Kanny, ..

(female) Kenin, Kenne, ..

Middle name pairings:
Kenny Masen (K.M.), ..

How popular is Kenny?

Kenny is a very prominent first name for males (#324 out of 1220, Top 26%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#1972 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Kenny entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its peak rank of #214 in the U.S. in the 1960s, and is currently at #890. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent varying forms of Kenny (#890 in recent rankings) are Kenneth (#199 in recent rankings), Kendrick (#366), Kendall (#780), Ken (#1751), Kennith, Kendal and Kenney. These relations of Kenny were at the height of their popularity during the years 1950-1959 (median #683) and are now much less popular (#1248, 87%), with forms like Kenny going out of style. Kendrick is the most trendy name for newborns in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kenny, Ken, Kendal, Kendall, Kendrick in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kenneth, Kenney, Kennith in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Kenny is alike in pronunciation to Coney, Conwy, Kana, Kano, Kanoa, Keanu, Kennie, Kenway and Keoni. Other suggested similar names are Benny, Berny, Danny, Denny, Donny, Glenny, Jonny, Karny (see Kearney), Kealy, Kean, Keane, Kearny, Keary, Keely, Keen, Keene, Kelby, Kelly, Kelsy (see Kelsey), Kenan, Kenji, Kenley, Kenly, Kenn, Kennady, Kennan, Kennedy, Kenner, Kennon, Kennt, Kent, Kentt (see Kent), Keon, Kerby, Kern, Kerry, Key, Keyne, Lanny, Lenny, Lonny, Manny, Renny, Ronny, Sonny, Sunny, Tenny and Vinny. These names tend to be less commonly used than Kenny.