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Kenneth Gangnes is a Norwegian ski jumper. His current best world cup placing was third, in 2015/16, but he suffered an ACL tear which resulted in him missing the 2016/17 season. A second ACL tear meant he also missed the 2017/18 season.
saphirdufeu  11/25/2018
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This can also be a unique female name too. Feminine usage was impacted in the central 1900’s. I think the diminutive Kenny would be better as a female legal name, but Kenneth would sound cute too! I don’t mind boy names on girls, but at the same time I love girls' names. I think I would go with Kenneth Tiana or Tiana Kenneth, I don’t know. Some people hate traditional boy names on girls, but they should understand that that is a special gift for us women in our society. I don’t know about girl names on boys. Boys aren’t usually original on names by switching the gender of a name up and naming a boy Elizabeth because they think they’re too masculine to have any name fit them, pretty much any name can fit a girl, just like how not many boys like EVERY color of the rainbow, compared to girls, but still this is a trend to help women stand out. I keep thinking in my head “You have to give a girl a strong name just like how you would to a boy. How can women be strong with weak names, XD however I still want our baby girls to behave to gender role types and dressing them up all girly because, no matter if we want them to be strong and have delicate or strong names, we still want them to look girly and beautiful until they make their own decisions, because appearance probably defies your gender, actually I said too much and I think parents should do whatever they want with their kids."
I also love the creative feminine forms of male names like Jacobine and Richarda. They’re cute!
caseynames6229  11/9/2018
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Caseynames6229, who said feminine names can't be strong? You're kind of being sexist by calling masculine names strong, and feminine names weak.
kayisforkeen  11/13/2018
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Kayisforkeen, I’m not being sexist at all! There are commenters on Behind The Name who made these comments I used for my major comment on Kenneth. They have inspired me, but you’re right, I was a little too inspired. It’s not me who thinks girls need traditional masculine names to be strong and tomboyish, it was a commenter from Ryan who said something about how women cannot be strong with weak names. That user who said that about Ryan, she was trying too hard. I agree with you. Girls and women can be strong and powerful noble women with traditional feminine names like Julia and Elizabeth. But either way, whether someone says they’re going to give a girl a boy's name to suit her tomboyish nature in the future or the other alternatives, the parents are just going to dress their daughters up with any name in girly and pansy princess clothes and a bow and take a picture, because most little female toddler clothes are dresses and bows. But my last comment was too much like that commenter about the name Ryan. You can give a girl a boys name if you want her to grow strong, but it can still work for a girl with the name Sophia. Besides, some girls with boy names fail to be tomboyish and rather just act very girly and feminine, because a name doesn’t always affect your personality as your life goes on. A girl named Mason could end up as a princess, and a girl named Hannah could end up as a sporty tomboy. It is kinda sexist to say that a girl with a feminine name could make her a very weak and wimpy girl. How do you know that a girl named Hunter won’t be wimpy.

Karen is right, girls can grow up to be strong women with traditional feminine names, not just with traditional masculine names. Also masculine names on boys also help them grow up too. Even if a male is named something feminine, it doesn’t have anything to do with whether they grow up to act masculine or feminine, though you shouldn’t name a boy Princess. I’m saying men and women are equal, though I’ve seen women get more freedom, but men still get to do pretty much anything in life.

So forget my silly comment about what I said about how women need masculine names to be strong. I used to think it was inspiring but now it makes me want to scream “trashy sexist”! I respect the boy name on girl trend, but I don’t want all of the boy names to be taken over by us girls.
caseynames6229  12/8/2018
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In 2018, 50 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Kenneth who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 31st most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/15/2018
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Kenneth is the full name of Kenny McCormick from South Park.
Princess_Shireen  9/1/2018
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Ken Shamrock full name Kenneth Wayne Shamrock a WWF wrestler in the late 90s and one of the greatest UFC fighters of all time.
Clark_Herm  2/5/2018
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Kenneth Weishuhn was an American teenager who is known for his suicide as a result of bullying for being a gay youth. Kenneth James "Rodney" Weishuhn Jr. Attended South O'Brien High School as a freshman in Paullina, Iowa, along with his sister Kayla, a sophomore. Weishuhn, then 14 years old, was bullied in person, death threats were sent to his mobile phone, and he was the subject of a Facebook hate group. He was targeted for being gay, having come out one month before his suicide. The bullying was characterized as "aggressive", "merciless" and "overwhelming". In response to the bullying, Weishuhn took his own life in April 2012. He hanged himself in the family's garage and was discovered in the early morning hours on April 15, 2012 by stepfather Kenny Chambers.
cutenose  6/1/2017
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Kenneth Erskine is a British serial killer who became known as the Stockwell Strangler. Erskine was born in Hammersmith in July 1963 to a British mother and Antiguan father. Erskine has three brothers. He was abandoned by both parents during childhood and attended various special schools. His parents divorced when he was 12. He became homeless.
cutenose  3/1/2017
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I think I love this name. It's an unusual name for a Spanish speaking country so it makes it sound great as it is foreign and you can have fun at people saying it wrong!
― Anonymous User  11/8/2016
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My father bears the name, and I like it because of him. Though I probably would never name a child this, I can see the appeal to it. I think it's something a child can grow into a man with and has a few cute nicknames to choose from as well.
TrinHarris  11/1/2016
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I despise this name. Sure it sounds nice, but I've met at least four different Kens in my life and EVERY SINGLE ONE has been a rude, snobbish, arrogant jerk.
SarahXMarcel  5/5/2016
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I think 'Kenneth' would make a great name for a boy. It can also make a great middle name. I love the name 'John Kenneth' and would consider it if I ever had a son. Very masculine, mature, handsome name!
Ashleigh Gurlcat 123  2/20/2015
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I can't say I like this name, but I think the nicknames Ken and Kenny are okay. I think it's the ending sound of Kenneth (-ith) that I don't like.
hkols  11/4/2014
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A little common, but handsome nonetheless.
BuyBeerOrPayTheRent  8/22/2014
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This is a great name for a boy. Very classy and handsome sounding. "Ken" is a nice nickname also.
― Anonymous User  4/14/2014
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Name of the Day: June 21, 2013.
― Anonymous User  6/21/2013
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Lieutenant Kenneth "Ken" Leeds is a character on the Canadian sci-fi show "Primeval: New World". He is portrayed by Geoff Gustafson.
Fray  3/19/2013
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Kenneth (Kenny) Wormald played Ren McCormack in the latest Footloose movie.
felltheblackwolf  11/18/2012
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Kenneth Elton Kesey (1935), author of 'One flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'.
― Anonymous User  5/2/2012
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Kenneth McKenzie Clark (1903-1983) was a British art historian, administrator, patron and collector.
― Anonymous User  12/13/2011
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Kenneth Armitage (1916-2002) was a British sculptor.
― Anonymous User  8/27/2011
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It's a good, strong masculine name, but I'm not too crazy about the potential nicknames "Ken" and "Kenny".
Black_X  8/19/2011
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Name of the Day: June 21st, 2011.
AndrewJKD  6/23/2011
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Interestingly enough, just like peta, I associate this name with strength and courage. This probably has to do with its bearer Kenneth Anderson (1910–1974), an Indian writer of real-life adventure stories and a hunter with a love and great knowledge of wildlife. He killed many man-eating tigers and leopards to eliminate the threat they posed to villages and jungle dwelling tribes.
that one  10/15/2010
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I personally love this name as it happens to be my brother's. It gives me the impression that the bearer is strong and courageous, and I love the meaning "handsome!"
peta  12/23/2009
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Kenneth is the only name in the world that is defined as a Pictish name.
Kazuya  8/25/2008
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Come on, this name isn't that bad. It's not one of my favorites, but it is a rather handsome name. I'd rather see a little Kenneth than another little Justin, Joshua, or something like Cody or Aidan. And you can't say it's not a classic, being that it is so old. At least it's not creative or trendy.
queenv  4/18/2008
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Kenneth Robert McCuaghey is one of the McCaughey septuplets. His parents aren't famous, but he's pretty close to being.
Patricia Underwood  3/23/2008
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Kenna is a feminine form of Kenneth. So are Kendra, Kendall, McKenzie, Kenzie and Kennette. By the way, the English verb, ken, means "to know", and has been used in archaic poetic English to mean, "to love", as in the Bibilical, "and Adam knew Eve". Kent is an alternative name for a boy if your looking for a related male namesake.
leananshae  11/27/2007
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I have to say that I agree with the last comment. In my honest opninion, I think that Kenneth is probably one of the worst names around. When I picture a guy named Kenneth, all I can think about is this stuck-up, annoying and arrogant jerk with no sense of humor and a very low IQ.
― Anonymous User  11/26/2007
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I hate this name. It isn't original, it isn't classic.
― Anonymous User  11/25/2007
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What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" is a song by the rock group R.E.M. from their 1994 album Monster. In October 1986 two men assaulted Dan Rather on Park Avenue NYC. One of them kept shouting "Kenneth, what's the frequency?" William Tager, the vocal assailant, later insisted that he was sent from the future in a parallel universe. He said that everyone from that universe has a double in this one in the past, and that he mistook Rather for his double, Vice President Kenneth Burroughs. He said that Kenneth knew the secret TV/radio wave frequency that was being used to block Tager from returning home. Nutty, huh? The song is awesome, though.
VictoriaCalledTori  6/12/2007
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This name is very common for grown-ups, but not so common for young kids. Maybe this should be used for little kids for a change!
CharlieRob  5/6/2007
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Kenneth McCormick is the full name of the South Park character "Kenny" (who is famous for his orange parka and always dieing).
― Anonymous User  5/2/2007
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It's just such a typical name. No originality.
peerlesser  2/15/2007
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Hate this name for some odd reason! It just reminds me too much of the Ken doll, and I never really like Ken anyway.
― Anonymous User  2/3/2007
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Kenneth - a great name! These people would agree: Kenny Loggins (Rock artist), Kenny Rogers (Vocalist), Kenny Chesney (Country artist), Kenny G (Jazz Sax player), Kenneth Copeland (Christian evangelist), Ken Lay (Enron founder), Kenn Duncan (NYC Photographer), Kenneth Graeme (Author), Kenneth Hagin (Christian evangelist), and Kenny (South Park cartoon character).
Kenn  9/9/2006
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Although the name Kenneth is nice, if you plan to name you son this there's a good chance his girlfriends will be nicknamed "Barbie". I have a friend who dated a Kenneth.
indigopearl  8/2/2006
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Kenneth Cole is a designer. I just got sunglasses with Kenneth Cole written on the sides, which I like because my dad's name is Kenneth.
susi  7/18/2006
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Kenneth is a great name to grow up with, Kenny to Ken or Kenneth. I hope to name a son after my father, because there aren't enough Kennys anymore. I worked at a daycare recently and no Kennys.
susi  7/18/2006
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I think this is a nice name for a boy. I am very fond of all the older male and female names. Great name!
Cassidy  2/20/2006
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Kenneth is also Celtic for Handsome.
spaztaz63  2/14/2006
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Actor Kenneth Branagh is a famous bearer.
Elphi  12/21/2005
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I know a lot of people with this name. It's a nice name to have! I love this name. It is the best in this world!
― Anonymous User  8/12/2005
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In my catechism classes I was taught that Kenneth is the Scottish form of the name Canice (pronounced kenees) who was a Christian missionary to both Scotland and Ireland and was believed to have founded the cathedral at Kilkenny.
pkenny  7/25/2005

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