Kenneth

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Kenneth
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Pronunciation/ˈkɛnɪθ/
GenderMale
Language(s)English
Origin
MeaningHandsome, Fire-born
Other names
Related namesCainnech/Coinneach, Cináed

Kenneth is an English given name and surname. The name is an Anglicised form of two entirely different Gaelic personal names: Cainnech and Cináed. The modern Gaelic form of Cainnech is Coinneach; the name was derived from a byname meaning "handsome", "comely".[1] The name Cinaed is partly derived from the Celtic *aidhu, meaning "fire".[2] A short form of Kenneth is Ken or Kenn. A pet form of Kenneth is Kenny.[3]

People

(see also Ken (name) and Kenny)

Places

In the United States:

In Scotland:

  • Inch Kenneth, an island off the west coast of the Isle of Mull

Other

References

  1. ^ Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006), A dictionary of first names, Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.), Oxford University Press, pp. 157–158, 343, 401, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1
  2. ^ Busse, Peter E. (2006), "Cinaed mac Ailpín", in Koch, John T., Celtic culture: a historical encyclopedia, ABC-CLIO, p. 438, ISBN 1-85109-445-8
  3. ^ Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006), A dictionary of first names, Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.), Oxford University Press, pp. 157–158, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1