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PronouncedPron.KEN-əth English

Meaning & History

Anglicized form of both COINNEACH and CINÁED. This name was borne by the Scottish king Kenneth (Cináed) mac Alpin, who united the Scots and Picts in the 9th century. It was popularized outside of Scotland by Sir Walter Scott, who used it for the hero in his novel 'The Talisman' (1825). A famous bearer was the British novelist Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932), who wrote 'The Wind in the Willows'.
VariantsCináed, Coinneach Scottish Kennith, Kenith English Kennet Swedish Kennet Norwegian Kennet Danish
DiminutivesKenny Scottish Ken, Kenny English
Feminine FormsKenina, Kenna Scottish Kendra English
Other Languages & CulturesCainneach, Cináed, Cionaodh Irish


Kenneth mac Alphin from the Scottish National Portrait GalleryKenneth mac Alphin from the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Entry updated August 16, 2017   Contribute