KENNEDY: Irish Gaelic for "helmeted warrior" and a clan name. Naming children for presidents has fallen off during the last few administrations, but little Kennedys are beginning to enter the job market. Relatives: Kennady, Kenny, Ken. Namesakes: John F. Kennedy, George Kennedy, William Kennedy.
KENNETH: Irish Gaelic for "handsome" and Old English for "royal oath." A cousin of Kevin and Keith, this is a noble old Irish name. Relatives: Kennet, Kenny, Kenney, Ken, Kenn. Namesakes: Kenneth Grahame, Kenneth Cole, Kenny Rogers, Ken Rosewall, Ken Russell, Ken Kesey.
KENRICK: Old English for "bold ruler." Relatives: Kendrick, Kendric, Kenway, Kenley, Kennard.
KENT: Old Welsh for "bright white." Kent has a clean-as-a-whistle sound. Although a bit hard-edged for a baby, remember they do grow up. Relatives: Kenton, Kenyon. Namesakes: Princess Michael of Kent, "Clark Kent," Kenyon College.
KERMIT: Irish Gaelic for "freeman." Does Miss Piggy know this? Namesakes: Kermit Roosevelt, Kermit Washington.
KERR: Norse for "marshland" and a Scottish surname. May be pronounced "Cur" or "Car." Relatives: Keir, Kirby. Namesakes: Keir Dullea, Kirby Puckett, Graham Ker, Deborah Kerr, George Kirby.
KERRY: Irish Gaelic for "dark eyes." A great androgynous name that can be used as a variation on Carrie or Cary. Relatives: Kerrie, Keri, Kerwin.
KEVIN: Irish Gaelic for "gentle." Saint Kevin was a sixth-century Irish saint who sought refuge from the outside world (and women specifically) on an uninhabited island. Relatives: Kevan, Keven, Kev. Namesakes: Kevin Kline, Kevin Costner, Kevin Bacon.