Kenelm - Meaning of Kenelm

What does Kenelm mean?

[ syll. ke-nel(m), ken-e-lm ] The baby boy name Kenelm is pronounced as KEHNAHLM †. Kenelm is primarily used in English and its language of origin is Old English. The meaning of Kenelm is bold defender. It is a two-element name derived from the words 'cene' and 'helm' with the meanings bold, keen and helmet, protection respectively. An old form of the name is Cenhelm (Old English). The name was borne by the 9th century Saint Kenelm of Mercia, who was widely revered in England. The name was later known from Sir Kenelm Digby (1603-1665), who was an intellectual, scientist, and mathematician among other accomplishments. The name was rather popular among English speakers in the Middle Ages.

The names Kenhelm and Kennelm are forms of Kenelm.

See also the related categories, bold (loud), english, defender (protector), sir, scientist (doctor), protection, and helmet.

Kenelm is not often used as a baby boy name. It is not in the top 1000 names.

† approx pronunciation for Kenelm: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)"

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