Quick Facts on Kenny
- English, Scottish
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Born of fire; the handsome one
Etymology & Historical Origin - Kenny
Kenny is short for Kenneth. Kenneth is an anglicized form of an old Scottish-Gaelic personal name which is derived from one of two different origins: The Gaelic Cináed which means “‘born of fire” and the Gaelic Coinneach which translates to “the handsome one”. Kenneth achieved particular popularity in Scotland thanks to Kenneth Mac Alpin who, historically speaking, is considered the first King of Scotland having successfully united both the Picts and the Scots under one crown in the 9th century. The name’s popularity expanded well outside the Scottish borders and has been in regular use among all English-speaking nations. Kenny developed as a diminutive form of Kenneth and has a history of being used as an independently given name in its own right. Kenny could also be considered a short form for any name begging with the “Ken” suffix (like Kendall or Kendrick). They even use Kenny as a girl’s name in Australia.
Popularity of the Name Kenny
As a legally given first name (rather than a nickname), Kenny first appeared on the U.S. charts in 1929. The name quickly rose in popularity and achieved levels of respectable moderation in term of usage by the 1950s. This coincided with the rising popularity of Kenneth (a favorite mid-century boy’s name). Parents who opt for Kenny over Kenneth are typically more relaxed in their naming styles. It’s like naming your kid Tommy rather than Thomas. Nicknames as independently given first names are nothing new to American culture and Kenny is another such example (Bobby, Jimmy, Johnny, Ronnie, Tommy, Willie). Kenny has done pretty well on the charts all things considered, although his popularity is starting to show signs of wear and tear as we’ve crossed the threshold into the 21st century. We’d be remiss if we didn’t point out the musical cachet this name carries particularly in the country and western circles (Kenny Chesney, Kenny Rogers), as well as adult contemporary and jazz (see famous people named Kenny below). However, every single one of these men were given than name Kenneth at birth and they use “Kenny” as their everyday name.
Popularity of the Boy Name Kenny
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Kenny
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Kenny
Kenny We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Kenny.
Popular Songs on Kenny
Kenny - a song by Sicko
Kenny - a song by Time Again
The Night That Kenny Died - a song by John Hiatt
Children's Books on the Baby Name Kenny
Kenny & the Dragon (Tony DiTerlizzi) - The New York Times bestselling tale of chivalry and showmanship from Tony DiTerlizzi. Kenny is a little rabbit with a very big problem. His two best friends are heading into a battle of legendary proportions—with each other! In one corner there’s Graeme, a well-read and cultured dragon with sophisticated tastes. In the other there’s George, a retired knight and dragon slayer who would be content to spend the rest of his days in his bookshop. Neither really wants to fight, but the village townsfolk are set on removing Graeme from their midst and calling George out of retirement. Can Kenny avert disaster? Tony DiTerlizzi puts a fun-filled, thoroughly theatrical spin on Kenneth Graeme’s classic tale of subterfuge and showmanship with this lighthearted romp of a retelling. Recommended for ages 8-11.
Kenny the Guinea (Ken Culbertson) - For weeks now, Bobby Beaver, Mrs. Quackers, and Kitty the Kat have been waiting for a very special day on Guinea Hill Farm. This is a day that will go down in history as the beginning of a series of great adventures. Kenny the Guinea is the story of the newest arrival at Guinea Hill Farm. Come along as Kenny brings music, dancing, celebrations, and adventure to the farm in an arrival you will never forget! Recommended for ages 3-7.
Kenny's Window (Maurice Sendak) - Kenny dreams of a fabulous land where he would like to live always, and in his search for it discovers many things about himself and about growing up. “An unusual, imaginative story…in which reality blends with make-believe” says School Library Journal. 1956 Children's Spring Book Festival Honor Book (NY Herald Tribune). Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Kenny
Famous People Who Go by the Name Kenny - Kenneth “Kenny” Chesney (country musician); Kenneth “Kenny” Rogers (country musician); Kenneth “Kenny” Loggins (soft-rock musician); Kenneth Gorelick (aka Kenny G, adult contemporary musician); Kenneth "Kenny" Dalglish (Scottish footballer); Kenneth "Kenny" Burrell (jazz musician); Kenneth "Kenny" Clarke (jazz musician); Kenneth "Kenny" Wheeler (Canadian jazz musician); Kenneth "Kenny" Roberts, Jr. & Sr. (motorcycle racing world champions); Kenneth "Kenny" Mayne (sportscaster and DWTS contestant); Kenneth "Kenny" Reardon (hockey player)
Children of Famous People Named Kenny
Famous People Who Named Their Son Kenny - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Kenny.
Kenny - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Kenny - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Kenny.
Personality of the Boy Name Kenny
Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.
Variations of the Baby Name - Kenny