Gender: Masculine
Origin: Scottish
Meaning: “born of fire.”

The name is an anglicized form of the Scots Gaelic Cináed meaning “born of fire.” It was borne by the first king of the Scots and Picts in the 9th-century. It was by several subsequent Scottish kings thereafter. It was also borne by a few early Scottish and Welsh saints.

It was used by Sir Walter Scott as the name of a hero in his 1825 novel The Talisman.

Currently, Kenneth is the 160th most popular male name in the United States, (2010).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Kenneth (English)
  • Cináed (Irish/Scottish: kin-NADE)
  • Cionaodh (Irish)
  • Ciniod (Pictish)
  • Kennet (Scandinavian)
  • Cen(n)ydd (Welsh. KEN-nith)
  • Cunedda (Welsh. kun-NETH-thuh)
Common short forms are Ken and Kenny.
Scottish feminine forms are Kenina and Kenna.

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