Kenneth

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Scottish
Meaning: “born of fire.”
(KEN-neth)

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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