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Boy Name: Kenneth

Name: Kenneth
Pronunciation: \k(e)-nne-th\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy
Meaning: fire born; good-looking
Origin: Irish
Related Names: Kenn
Sounds Like: Kennedy, Kennt
Variant forms: Ken, Kennet, Kennett, Kennith, Kenny
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 17
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 33520


Kenneth \k(e)-nne-th\ as a boy's 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.

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

For more information, see also the related name Kenn.

Baby names that sound like Kenneth are Kennedy and Kennt.

View a list of the 5 names that reference Kenneth.


Kenneth is a very popular first name for men (#17 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#33520 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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