Origin:Scottish
Popularity:453
Meaning:fire born; good-looking
The Scottish people knew the name because Kenneth was their first king. But for everyone else, Sir Walter Scott introduced the name in his 1825 book, “The Talisman,” where the novel’s hero was Sir Kenneth of the Couchant Leopard, Prince Royal of Scotland. Fast-forward to the first half of the 20th century, where it stayed at the top 20 for decades. In 1959, Barbie got a forever boyfriend named Ken, who was just as perky and clean-cut as she was. It’s fitting, then, that the meaning of Kenneth is “good-looking”!

Famous Kenneths

Wondering who else shares this name? Check out these well known people who made this baby name famous.
  • Kenneth Branagh
    Director
  • Kenneth Faried
    Basketball Player
  • Kenneth Harris
    Guitarist
  • Kenneth Patchen
    Novelist, Poet

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Source: Social Security Administration

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