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Kenny

First Name
51k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
17k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Kenny mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Kenny

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

Wiktionary
  1. A diminutive of the male given name Kenneth
  2. A surname​.

Kenny was also found in the following language(s): Swedish

Notable Persons Named Kenny

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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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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Kenny was born on October 16th, 1983 in Transcona, Winnipeg. Kenny is also known as Smith, Tyson; Carpenter, and Scott.

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Kenny G is an adult contemporary music, smooth jazz, and easy listening musician. He plays Soprano saxophone, Alto saxophone, Tenor saxophone, and Flute. His most notable accomplishments were from 1973 to 1982. Kenny was given the name Kenneth Bruce Gorelick on June 5th, 1956. Kenny is also known as Kenny G.

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Kenny Atkinson is a basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks, Real Canoe NC, Vrigne Ardenne, Wichita Falls Texans, CB Salamanca, and Partenope Napoli in the National Basketball Association. His most notable accomplishments were from 1990 to 2004. Kenny was born on June 2nd, 1967 in Northport, New York.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Kenny

Tom Kenny is an actor and comedian. His most notable accomplishments were from 1981 to present. Tom was given the name Thomas James Kenny on July 13th, 1962 in Syracuse, New York, U.S.

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Emer Kenny is an actress, screenwriter, and actor. She has had major accomplishments since 2007. Emer was given the name Emer Gwynne Morganna Kenny on October 10th, 1989 in Haringey, London, England.

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Enda Kenny is a Taoiseach, Leader of Fine Gael, Minister for Defence, Leader of the Opposition, Minister for Tourism, Trade, Teachta Dála, Minister for Defence (Ireland), List of Irish Leaders of the Opposition, Minister for Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht. Enda was born on April 24th, 1951 in Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland.

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Rhianna is a contemporary r&b and pop music singing. She was most prominent from 2002 to present. Rhianna was given the name Rhianna Hannah Louise Kenny in 1983 in Leeds. Rhianna is also known as Rhianna Kenny.

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Jason was born on March 23rd, 1988 in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England.

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Elizabeth Kenny was a nursing and nurse. Elizabeth was born on September 20th, 1880 in Warialda. Elizabeth is also known as Lisa. She passed away on November 30th, 1952.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1908 6 0 6
1909 5 0 5
1912 9 0 9
1913 7 0 7
1914 7 0 7
1915 9 0 9
1916 10 0 10
1917 14 0 14
1918 12 0 12
1919 17 0 17
1920 7 0 7
1921 14 0 14
1922 13 0 13
1923 25 0 25
1924 37 5 32
1925 21 0 21
1926 24 0 24
1927 39 0 39
1928 39 0 39
1929 48 0 48
1930 57 0 57
1931 70 0 70
1932 64 0 64
1933 73 0 73
1934 84 0 84
1935 122 0 122
1936 133 0 133
1937 200 0 200
1938 222 0 222
1939 285 0 285
1940 317 0 317
1941 352 7 345
1942 411 8 403
1943 444 12 432
1944 472 5 467
1945 527 7 520
1946 619 10 609
1947 701 10 691
1948 622 5 617
1949 544 0 544
1950 520 5 515
1951 488 0 488
1952 562 8 554
1953 518 6 512
1954 577 6 571
1955 694 5 689
1956 808 8 800
1957 1,087 8 1,079
1958 1,431 11 1,420
1959 1,767 11 1,756
1960 1,957 15 1,942
1961 1,711 12 1,699
1962 1,604 11 1,593
1963 1,461 9 1,452
1964 1,411 10 1,401
1965 1,113 8 1,105
1966 935 10 925
1967 831 11 820
1968 759 7 752
1969 684 8 676
1970 675 6 669
1971 612 8 604
1972 508 6 502
1973 481 11 470
1974 449 0 449
1975 358 0 358
1976 417 0 417
1977 402 0 402
1978 436 7 429
1979 503 9 494
1980 573 0 573
1981 642 9 633
1982 607 9 598
1983 555 6 549
1984 533 5 528
1985 579 6 573
1986 551 10 541
1987 547 8 539
1988 513 7 506
1989 563 7 556
1990 521 7 514
1991 458 6 452
1992 515 10 505
1993 581 11 570
1994 613 11 602
1995 582 8 574
1996 579 10 569
1997 564 9 555
1998 465 7 458
1999 521 8 513
2000 566 0 566
2001 520 9 511
2002 561 11 550
2003 526 0 526
2004 529 10 519
2005 564 9 555
2006 529 8 521
2007 527 5 522
2008 501 9 492
2009 402 0 402
2010 385 0 385
2011 327 0 327
2012 308 0 308
2013 288 5 283
2014 264 0 264
2015 247 0 247
2016 241 0 241

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Popularity of Kenny as a first name

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Popularity of Kenny as a last name

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Common last names for Kenny

  • Smith
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Martin
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Baker
  • Anderson
  • Wright

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kenny U.S.
  White 88.85% 64.26%
  African American 5.66% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.99% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.60% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.52% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.39% 16.26%

Of Last Name Kenny

People with the last name Kenny are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Kenny

  • How Popular is the name Kenny? Kenny is the 979th most popular name of all time. As a last name Kenny was the 2,077th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Kenny have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 50,788 babies born with the first name Kenny in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kenny to occupy the territory of Faroe Islands (Denmark) with an estimated population of 48,285 (as of March 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kenny? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1908 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Kenny first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kenny is Thursday, April 19th, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Kenny born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kenny was in 1960 with a total of 1,942 babies. That's a lot of babies named Kenny!
  • Random Kenny Factoid: According to the 1959 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kenny ranks 98th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Tennessee. Imagine that, 76 babies in Tennessee have the same name as you in 1959.
  • Weird things about the name Kenny: Your name in reverse order is Ynnek. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ynkne. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kenny? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 17,429 people with the last name Kenny.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kenny? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 6 of them will have Kenny as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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