Meaning and Origin of Kenneth - FamilyEducation

Meaning and Origin of: Kenneth

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Boy name origins & meanings:

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

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 (see McKinney). Etymologically, this surname is equivalent to Kenny (which can arise from either personal name) and McKenzie (which is from Coinneach).

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