Kenneth

First Name
1.3m
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
632
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Kenneth

"Kenneth" is a name of Scottish origin, and it means "Handsome". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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Anglicized form of two Scottish Gaelic names, Cináed (literally “born of fire”), name of Scottish kings, and the saint's name Cainnech (literally “handsome”), as in the surname MacKenzie.

  1. A male given name, originally used in Scotland, popular in all English-speaking countries in the 20th century.

Kenneth was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Kenneth

Sir Kenneth Branagh is an actor, film director, film producer, and screenwriter. He has had major accomplishments since 1981. Kenneth was given the name Kenneth Charles Branagh on December 10th, 1960 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, U.K.

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Ken Starr is a President, Chancellor of Baylor University, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Chancellor ofBaylor University, 39th Solicitor General of the United States, and Judge of theUnited States Court of Appeals fo. Ken was given the name Kenneth Winston Starr on July 21st, 1946.

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Kenny Rogers is a country music, pop music, adult contemporary music, soft rock, rock music, and jazz musician. He plays Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, harmonica, and fiddle. He was most active from 1958 to present. Kenny was given the name Kenneth Ray Rogers on August 21st, 1938.

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Kenny Loggins is a rock music, soft rock, country music, folk music, folk rock, and pop rock musician. He plays Taylor Guitars, Ovation Guitar Company, and Fender Stratocaster. He holds the title This Is It. His most notable accomplishments were from 1966 to present. Kenny was given the name Kenneth Clark Loggins on January 7th, 1948 in Everett, Washington, United States.

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He was most active from 1962 to present. Ken was given the name Kenneth Loach on June 17th, 1936 in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England. Ken is also known as Loach and Kenneth.

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Kenny Chesney is a country music musician. He was most active from 1993 to present. Kenny was given the name Kenneth Arnold Chesney on March 26th, 1968 in Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Kenneth

Peter Kenneth is a bank. Peter was born on November 27th, 1965 in Bahati, Nairobi. Peter is also known as PK.

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Garry Kenneth is a soccer player for the Selkirk F.C., Dundee United F.C., Cowdenbeath F.C., Bristol Rovers F.C., Brechin City F.C., Carnoustie Panmure F.C., Adamstown Rosebud FC, Skonto FC, Forfar Albion F.C., Scotland national under-19 football team, Scotland national under-20 football team, and a. Garry was born on June 21st, 1987 in Dundee, Scotland.

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Ken was born on June 11th, 1912 in Glorit, Rodney, Auckland, New Zealand. He left this life on October 16th, 1994.

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Kenneth was a hairdresser. Kenneth was given the name Kenneth Everette Battelle on April 19th, 1927 in Syracuse, New York. Kenneth is also known as Kenneth. He passed away on May 12th, 2013.

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Praveen Kenneth is a chairman and l&k saatchi saatchi. Praveen was born on March 15th, 1970 in Bangalore, India.

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Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung is a in the field of new media. Kenneth was given the name 洪天健 Kenneth in 1976 in Hong Kong.

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How popular is the baby name Kenneth in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 32 0 32
1881 29 0 29
1882 22 0 22
1883 26 0 26
1884 29 0 29
1885 41 0 41
1886 38 0 38
1887 35 0 35
1888 45 0 45
1889 66 0 66
1890 72 0 72
1891 65 0 65
1892 102 0 102
1893 83 0 83
1894 105 0 105
1895 127 0 127
1896 175 0 175
1897 164 0 164
1898 191 0 191 #100 boy name
1899 214 0 214 #87 boy name
1900 279 0 279 #90 boy name
1901 246 0 246 #78 boy name
1902 275 0 275 #78 boy name
1903 330 0 330 #67 boy name
1904 420 6 414 #57 boy name
1905 474 0 474 #52 boy name
1906 534 0 534 #45 boy name
1907 589 0 589 #47 boy name
1908 692 0 692 #40 boy name
1909 752 6 746 #41 boy name
1910 880 0 880 #43 boy name
1911 1,149 0 1,149 #40 boy name
1912 2,549 11 2,538 #33 boy name
1913 3,080 15 3,065 #33 boy name
1914 4,199 21 4,178 #30 boy name
1915 5,705 24 5,681 #28 boy name
1916 6,042 30 6,012 #27 boy name
1917 6,170 28 6,142 #27 boy name
1918 6,852 43 6,809 #27 boy name
1919 6,827 31 6,796 #26 boy name
1920 7,875 36 7,839 #23 boy name
1921 8,993 34 8,959 #22 boy name
1922 9,304 42 9,262 #21 boy name
1923 9,785 53 9,732 #21 boy name
1924 10,403 46 10,357 #19 boy name
1925 10,200 50 10,150 #19 boy name
1926 10,409 71 10,338 #18 boy name
1927 10,930 80 10,850 #18 boy name
1928 11,246 77 11,169 #17 boy name
1929 10,924 89 10,835 #18 boy name
1930 11,787 86 11,701 #17 boy name
1931 11,641 74 11,567 #14 boy name
1932 11,802 59 11,743 #14 boy name
1933 11,452 49 11,403 #15 boy name
1934 11,849 48 11,801 #15 boy name
1935 12,104 41 12,063 #15 boy name
1936 12,519 34 12,485 #14 boy name
1937 13,251 36 13,215 #14 boy name
1938 14,447 51 14,396 #14 boy name
1939 14,753 44 14,709 #13 boy name
1940 15,188 54 15,134 #15 boy name
1941 16,158 30 16,128 #15 boy name
1942 18,266 60 18,206 #15 boy name
1943 19,158 53 19,105 #15 boy name
1944 18,140 49 18,091 #16 boy name
1945 18,138 46 18,092 #16 boy name
1946 22,090 54 22,036 #15 boy name
1947 24,627 54 24,573 #15 boy name
1948 23,608 60 23,548 #15 boy name
1949 23,646 62 23,584 #15 boy name
1950 23,869 43 23,826 #15 boy name
1951 25,908 61 25,847 #16 boy name
1952 25,957 64 25,893 #16 boy name
1953 25,554 55 25,499 #17 boy name
1954 26,224 60 26,164 #17 boy name
1955 26,805 70 26,735 #15 boy name
1956 27,475 72 27,403 #16 boy name
1957 28,120 81 28,039 #14 boy name
1958 26,766 105 26,661 #14 boy name
1959 26,731 110 26,621 #15 boy name
1960 27,773 92 27,681 #16 boy name
1961 26,176 80 26,096 #16 boy name
1962 25,357 119 25,238 #18 boy name
1963 25,341 95 25,246 #18 boy name
1964 24,997 127 24,870 #18 boy name
1965 22,783 110 22,673 #21 boy name
1966 20,930 104 20,826 #21 boy name
1967 19,371 97 19,274 #22 boy name
1968 18,184 94 18,090 #23 boy name
1969 17,664 106 17,558 #23 boy name
1970 16,924 106 16,818 #25 boy name
1971 14,844 73 14,771 #25 boy name
1972 12,411 77 12,334 #27 boy name
1973 11,076 96 10,980 #28 boy name
1974 10,211 63 10,148 #34 boy name
1975 9,702 62 9,640 #35 boy name
1976 9,208 75 9,133 #38 boy name
1977 9,526 73 9,453 #39 boy name
1978 9,088 66 9,022 #41 boy name
1979 9,312 67 9,245 #41 boy name
1980 9,695 81 9,614 #41 boy name
1981 9,563 85 9,478 #41 boy name
1982 9,422 67 9,355 #45 boy name
1983 9,049 80 8,969 #45 boy name
1984 8,875 86 8,789 #46 boy name
1985 9,054 60 8,994 #47 boy name
1986 8,542 90 8,452 #50 boy name
1987 8,432 78 8,354 #53 boy name
1988 8,633 69 8,564 #51 boy name
1989 8,591 35 8,556 #53 boy name
1990 8,297 39 8,258 #52 boy name
1991 7,602 26 7,576 #54 boy name
1992 6,753 22 6,731 #59 boy name
1993 6,302 27 6,275 #60 boy name
1994 5,694 16 5,678 #65 boy name
1995 5,239 15 5,224 #72 boy name
1996 4,984 11 4,973 #77 boy name
1997 4,673 15 4,658 #83 boy name
1998 4,596 9 4,587 #86 boy name
1999 4,294 9 4,285 #89 boy name
2000 4,154 6 4,148 #94 boy name
2001 3,913 6 3,907 #97 boy name
2002 3,663 0 3,663
2003 3,650 9 3,641
2004 3,439 17 3,422
2005 3,375 7 3,368
2006 3,248 9 3,239
2007 3,109 5 3,104
2008 2,965 6 2,959
2009 2,605 0 2,605
2010 2,430 5 2,425
2011 2,209 0 2,209
2012 2,217 0 2,217
2013 2,169 0 2,169
2014 2,144 0 2,144
2015 2,017 0 2,017
2016 1,906 5 1,901

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Popularity of Kenneth as a first name

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Popularity of Kenneth as a last name

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Common last names for Kenneth

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  • Taylor
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  • Baker
  • Nelson
  • Wright

Common first names for Kenneth

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kenneth U.S.
  White 55.70% 64.26%
  African American 17.56% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 4.75% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 14.72% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.06% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.22% 16.26%

Of Last Name Kenneth

People with the last name Kenneth are most frequently White, African American, or American Indian and Alaska Native

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Fun Facts about the name Kenneth

  • How Popular is the name Kenneth? Kenneth is the 28th most popular name of all time. As a last name Kenneth was the 35,582nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Kenneth have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,276,188 babies born with the first name Kenneth in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kenneth to occupy the country of Bahrain with an estimated population of 1,234,571 (as of April 27, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kenneth? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 32 new born babies.
  • When was Kenneth first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kenneth is Thursday, March 18th, 1830.
  • What year had the most people named Kenneth born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kenneth was in 1957 with a total of 28,039 babies. That's a lot of babies named Kenneth!
  • Random Kenneth Factoid: According to the 1984 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kenneth ranks 31st in popularity as a baby boy's name in South Carolina. Imagine that, 161 babies in South Carolina have the same name as you in 1984.
  • Weird things about the name Kenneth: Your name in reverse order is Htennek. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Enhknet. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kenneth? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 632 people with the last name Kenneth.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kenneth? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Kenneth as their last name since less than 1 person in 476k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
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