Cool Name of the Week: Kenneth

My dad’s birthday is today, and I’m glad I’ll get to spend it with him—we live far enough apart that we don’t always get to be together on his big day. And so what better name to pick for today’s cool name than his retro-cool name, Kenneth?

Kenneth is an English name with a fab meaning—handsome—and it’s been on a very slow decline. It peaked at #13 on the popularity list in 1939, and it’s currently at #175 on the top 1000 U.S. names.

Ken has quite a bit of pop-culture cred, thanks to Barbie’s perpetual beau, a slew of pop-songsters (we’re talking Kenny Loggins, Kenny Rogers and Kenny Chesney), designer Kenneth Cole, and master thespian Kenneth Branagh.

It’s maybe a little staid and old-fashioned, but I think it deserves a second look, a la Walter.

My dad pairs it with the perpetual classic Thomas, but I’d give it a cooler middle pairing—maybe with Wren, Leo, Knox and Jude.

What do you think of the name Kenneth? Cool enough to dust off or destined for future obscurity?

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