Kenny name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Kenny mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Kenny

User Submitted Origins


User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to 4 people from all over the world, the name Kenny is of Chinese origin and means "Handsome".
  2. A submission from South Africa says the name Kenny means "Handsome & fire-born" and is of Irish origin.
names by meaning.

Submit the origin and/or meaning of Kenny to us below

International Interest
Also see international interest

From Kenneth +‎ -y (diminutive form).

  1. A diminutive of the male given name Kenneth
  2. A surname​.

Kenny was also found in the following language(s): Swedish

Notable Persons Named Kenny

Notable Persons Named Kenny

Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers is a country music, pop music, adult contemporary music, soft rock, rock music, and jazz musician. He plays Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, harmonica, and fiddle. He was most active from 1958 to present. Kenny was given the name Kenneth Ray Rogers on August 21st, 1938.

Kenny Loggins

Kenny Loggins is a rock music, soft rock, country music, folk music, folk rock, and pop rock musician. He plays Taylor Guitars, Ovation Guitar Company, and Fender Stratocaster. He holds the title This Is It. His most notable accomplishments were from 1966 to present. Kenny was given the name Kenneth Clark Loggins on January 7th, 1948 in Everett, Washington, United States.

Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney is a country music musician. He was most active from 1993 to present. Kenny was given the name Kenneth Arnold Chesney on March 26th, 1968 in Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.

Kenny Omega

Kenny was born on October 16th, 1983 in Transcona, Winnipeg. Kenny is also known as Smith, Tyson; Carpenter, and Scott.

Kenny G

Kenny G is an adult contemporary music, smooth jazz, and easy listening musician. He plays Soprano saxophone, Alto saxophone, Tenor saxophone, and Flute. His most notable accomplishments were from 1973 to 1982. Kenny was given the name Kenneth Bruce Gorelick on June 5th, 1956. Kenny is also known as Kenny G.

Kenny Atkinson

Kenny Atkinson is a basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks, Real Canoe NC, Vrigne Ardenne, Wichita Falls Texans, CB Salamanca, and Partenope Napoli in the National Basketball Association. His most notable accomplishments were from 1990 to 2004. Kenny was born on June 2nd, 1967 in Northport, New York.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Kenny

Notable Persons With the Last Name Kenny

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny is an actor and comedian. His most notable accomplishments were from 1981 to present. Tom was given the name Thomas James Kenny on July 13th, 1962 in Syracuse, New York, U.S.

Emer Kenny

Emer Kenny is an actress, screenwriter, and actor. She has had major accomplishments since 2007. Emer was given the name Emer Gwynne Morganna Kenny on October 10th, 1989 in Haringey, London, England.

Enda Kenny

Enda Kenny is a Taoiseach, Leader of Fine Gael, Minister for Defence, Leader of the Opposition, Minister for Tourism, Trade, Teachta Dála, Minister for Defence (Ireland), List of Irish Leaders of the Opposition, Minister for Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht. Enda was born on April 24th, 1951 in Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland.


Rhianna is a contemporary r&b and pop music singing. She was most prominent from 2002 to present. Rhianna was given the name Rhianna Hannah Louise Kenny in 1983 in Leeds. Rhianna is also known as Rhianna Kenny.

Jason Kenny

Jason was born on March 23rd, 1988 in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England.

Elizabeth Kenny

Elizabeth Kenny was a nursing and nurse. Elizabeth was born on September 20th, 1880 in Warialda. Elizabeth is also known as Lisa. She passed away on November 30th, 1952.

  • Big Kenny
  • Pat Kenny
  • Jack Kenny
  • Stephen Kenny
    Soccer Manager
  • Mary Kenny
  • Clare Kenny
  • Martin Kenny
    Teachta Dála
  • Nick Kenny
    Rugby Player
  • Thomas Kenny
    Military Person
  • Deborah Kenny
  • John Kenny
  • James C. Kenny
  • William David Kenny
    Military Person
  • Francis Kenny

Common last names for Kenny

  • Smith
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Martin
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Baker
  • Anderson
  • Wright

Common first names for Kenny

  • John
  • Mary
  • James
  • Thomas
  • William
  • Joseph
  • Margaret
  • Edward
  • Michael
  • Robert
  • Helen
  • Catherine
  • Elizabeth
  • Patrick
  • Charles
  • Frank
  • Francis
  • George
  • Anna
  • Dorothy

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kenny U.S.
  White 88.85% 64.26%
  African American 5.66% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.99% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.60% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.52% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.39% 16.26%

Of Last Name Kenny

People with the last name Kenny are most frequently White

Entire United States

Fun Facts about the name Kenny

  • What name lists does Kenny rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Kenny? Kenny is the 1,006th most popular name of all time. As a last name Kenny was the 2,077th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Kenny have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 51,487 babies born with the first name Kenny in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kenny to occupy the territory of Faroe Islands (Denmark) with an estimated population of 48,285 (as of March 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kenny? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1908 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Kenny first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kenny is Thursday, April 19th, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Kenny born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kenny was in 1960 with a total of 1,941 babies. That's a lot of babies named Kenny!
  • Random Kenny Factoid: According to the 1960 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kenny ranks 96th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Tennessee. Imagine that, 79 babies in Tennessee have the same name in 1960.
  • Weird things about the name Kenny: The name spelled backwards is Ynnek. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Yeknn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kenny? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 17,429 people with the last name Kenny.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kenny? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 6 of them will have Kenny as their last name.
  • Related Names by Origin

    Rank Name Gender
    378 Mckinleigh Girl
    33k Lyla Girl
    140k Xavier Boy
    152 Vane Boy
    168 Zaylyn Neutral
    105 Daden Boy
    358k Ruby Girl
    24k Winnie Girl
    122 Benjerman Boy
    131 Nyzier Boy

    Related Names by Gender

    Rank Name Origin
    329 Leng Chinese
    176 Ziair African American
    170 Zameer Islamic/Muslim
    140k Xavier English
    264 Aveer Indian (Sanskrit)
    1k Jamario African American
    1k Taquan African American
    152 Vane English
    4.4m Michael Hebrew
    170 Zackrey