A male given name, originally used in Scotland, popular in all English-speaking countries in the 20th century.
Origin of kenneth
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.
Sir Kenneth Clark, in Another Part of the Wood, wrote of the Eleventh Edition:
It is said to have been named Athfotla (Atholl) after Fotla, son of the Pictish king Cruithne, and was under the rule of a Celtic mormaer (thane or earl) until the union of the Picts and Scots under Kenneth Macalpine in 843.
Kenneth is alleged to have brought the Stone of Destiny, on which the Celtic kings were crowned, from Dunstaffnage Castle on Loch Etive, and to have deposited it in Scone, whence it was conveyed to Westminster Abbey (where it lies beneath the Coronation Chair) by Edward I.