Of Scottish origin: Anglicized form of two different Gaelic names, Cinaed and Cainnech. The former was the Gaelic name of Kenneth mac Alpin (d. 858), first king of the united Picts and Scots. The latter survives today in Scotland as the common Gaelic name Coinneach. Since early in the 20th century Kenneth has been in regular use and enjoyed great popularity as a given name well beyond the borders of Scotland.
French: 1. habitational name from Champoux in Doubs, Burgundy. 2. altered form of Chamboux, a dialect variant of Chambon, a habitational name from any of several places so named. There may have been some confusion with Champeaux (see Champeau).