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Of Scottish and Irish origin.

Kenneth is the anglicized form of the names Coinneach and Cináed, meaning handsome and born of fire.

Cináed, known as Kenneth, Mac Alpin, was the king who united the Scots and the Picts in the 9th century.

Feminine forms of the name are: Kendra, Kenina.

Alternative forms of the name are: Ken, Keneth, Kennith, Kenny, Kennet.

Famous bearers are Kenneth Branagh, Babyface (born Kenneth Brian Edmonds), Kenneth Grahame, Kenneth Choi, Kenneth Mitchell, Kenneth Spencer.

Sir Kenneth Branagh is an actor, director, screenwriter and producer, who has played some of the most critically acclaimed roles in several film adaptations of W. Shakespeare’s plays, such as “Hamlet”, “Henry V”, “Othello”, “As You Like It”.

He has received three BAFTA’s and an Emmy Award and he has been nominated for five Academy Awards and five Golden Globes.

American singer, songwriter, record producer Kenneth Edmonds, known as Babyface, is one of the greatest R&B musician of the 1990’s.

He also wrote and produced songs for several other artists, such as Whitney Houston, Boyz II Men, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Lil Wayne.