Ken - Meaning of Ken
[ 1 syll. ken, ke-n ] The baby boy name Ken is sometimes used as a girl name. Its pronunciation is KehN †. Ken is used chiefly in the English, Japanese, Scottish, and German languages, and it is derived from Old English and Celtic origins.
Ken is a short form of the name Kendall (English and Welsh) in the English, Japanese, and Scottish languages.
Ken is also a short form of the name Kendrick (English) in the English and Japanese languages.
Ken is also a short form of the name Kenneth (English, Gaelic, and Scottish) in the English, German, and Japanese languages.
Ken is also a short form of the name Kenyon (English).
Ken is rare as a baby name for boys. At the peak of its usage in 1960, 0.082% of baby boys were given the name Ken. It ranked at #177 then. The baby name has since suffered a marked fall in popularity, and is today of very modest use. Out of the group of boy names directly linked to Ken, Kenneth was the most frequently used in 2018. Ken has in the past century been mostly given to baby boys.
† Pronunciation for Ken: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Ken:
Author Ken Kesey, born 17 September 1935 - 10 November 2001, La Junta, Colorado.
Filmmaker Ken Burns, born 29 July 1953, Brooklyn, New York.
Game Show Contestant Ken Jennings, born 23 May 1974, Edmonds, Washington.