Kenneth

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Anglicized form of two Gaelic names, Cinaed "born of fire", name of Scottish kings, and the saint's name Cainnech "handsome" , as in the surname MacKenzie.

Proper noun[edit]

Kenneth

  1. A male given name, originally used in Scotland, popular in all English-speaking countries in the 20th century.
    • 1825 Sir Walter Scott: The Talisman. Chapter III:
      Know, however, that among the soldiers of the Cross I am called Kenneth - Kenneth of the Couching Leopard; at home I have other titles, but they would sound harsh in an Eastern ear.
    • 1998 Barbara Vine ( Ruth Rendell ): The Chimney Sweeper's Boy. ISBN 0670879274 page 166:
      "The other one , his name was Kenneth, was born in February nineteen twenty-one."
      "All these Kens," she said.
      "As you say. It must have been the sexy name. These days Kens are all Chinese cooks. - - -

Related terms[edit]

References[edit]

Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges: A Concise Dictionary of First Names. Oxford University Press 2001


Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English Kenneth at the end of the 19th century.

Proper noun[edit]

Kenneth

  1. A male given name.

Related terms[edit]

References[edit]

  • [1] Danskernes Navne, based on CPR data: 16 673 males with the given name Kenneth have been registered in Denmark between about 1890 (=the population alive in 1967) and January 2005, with the frequency peak in the 1970s. Accessed on 19 June 2011.

Norwegian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English Kenneth in c. 1900.

Proper noun[edit]

Kenneth

  1. A male given name.

Related terms[edit]

References[edit]

  • Kristoffer Kruken - Ola Stemshaug: Norsk personnamnleksikon, Det Norske Samlaget, Oslo 1995, ISBN 82-521-4483-7
  • [2] Statistisk sentralbyrå, Namnestatistikk: 9 392 males with the given name Kenneth living in Norway on January 1st 2011, with the frequency peak in the 1980s. Accessed on 19 May, 2011.

Swedish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English Kenneth. First recorded as a given name in Sweden in 1898.

Proper noun[edit]

Kenneth

  1. A male given name borrowed from English.

Related terms[edit]

References[edit]

  • Roland Otterbjörk: Svenska förnamn, Almqvist & Wiksell 1996, ISBN 91-21-10937-0
  • [3] Statistiska centralbyrån and Sture Allén, Staffan Wåhlin, Förnamnsboken, Norstedts 1995, ISBN 9119551622: 27 379 males with the given name Kenneth living in Sweden on December 31st, 2010, with the frequency peak in the 1950s. Accessed on 19 June 2011.