Meaning and Origin of: Kenneth

Boy name origins & meanings

  • English : Royal obligation
  • Irish : Handsome
  • Scottish : Good-looking, fair

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Family name origins & meanings

  • Scottish : from a Gaelic personal name (Coinneach) meaning ‘handsome’, now generally Anglicized as Kenneth, although this was originally the Anglicized form of Cionaodh (seeMcKinney). Etymologically, this surname is equivalent toKenny (which can arise from either personal name) andMcKenzie (which is from Coinneach).

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