Its source is Cinaed, an Irish Gaelic name meaning "Fire-born."
This boy's name is used in Danish.
It developed from the convergence of two Irish Gaelic names: Cinaed, meaning ''Fire born'' and Cainnech, meaning ''Good-looking.''
Scots Gaels are descendants of the Irish, though the two peoples have developed distinct cultures. This explains how Kenneth, the descendant of Irish Gaelic names, could become primarily identified with Scotland. (The Scots surname MacKenzie -- ''son of Kenneth'' -- underscores the name's nationality.)