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Kennedy name meaning

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177k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Kennedy mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Kennedy

User Submitted Origins

Irish
51%
English
39%
African
5%
American
3%
Scottish
3%

User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to a user from the United Kingdom, the name Kennedy is of Scottish origin and means "Chief, Leader, Fierce".
  2. According to 2 people from Michigan, U.S., the name Kennedy is of Irish origin and means "Helmeted chief".
  3. A user from Florida, U.S. says the name Kennedy means "Chief; Helmeted Head. (Irish)".
  4. A user from Georgia, U.S. says the name Kennedy means "Beautiful,Strong, Fierce, talented, leader".
  5. According to a user from North Dakota, U.S., the name Kennedy is of Irish origin and means "amazing and strong".
  6. A user from California, U.S. says the name Kennedy means "Ruler".
  7. A submission from North Carolina, U.S. says the name Kennedy means "Awesome ruler of the world".
  8. According to a user from New York, U.S., the name Kennedy means "Gift of god".
  9. A submission from Illinois, U.S. says the name Kennedy means "God".
  10. A user from Texas, U.S. says the name Kennedy means "pretty,kindly".
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  1. A large airport on Long Island to the east of New York City
  2. 35th President of the United States; established the Peace Corps; assassinated in Dallas (1917-1963)
Wiktionary

Derived from the Irish Ó Ceannéidigh or Scottish Gaelic Ceannaideach, both "descendant of Head (ceann) + Ugly (éidigh, aideach)".

  1. A surname​ of Irish or of Scottish Gaelic origin.
  2. A female given name transferred from the surname, of modern American usage.
  3. (rare) A male given name transferred from the surname.
  4. A census-designated place in San Joaquin County, California, United States.

Kennedy was also found in the following language(s): Cebuano

Notable Persons Named Kennedy

Notable Persons Named Kennedy

Vikram

Vikram is an actor, film producer, playback singer, voice acting, film actor, and voice actor. His ongoing career started in 1990. Vikram was given the name Kennedy John Victor on April 17th, 1966 in Chennai.

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Kennedy

Kennedy is a political satirist, game show host, and television personality. She was most prominent from 1991 to present. Kennedy was given the name Lisa Kennedy Montgomery on September 8th, 1972 in Indianapolis.

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Rockwell

Rockwell is a pop and synthpop musician. He was most active from 1983 to present. Rockwell was given the name Kennedy William Gordy on May 15th, 1964 in Detroit, Michigan, US. Rockwell is also known as Kenneth Gordy.

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Kennedy Igboananike

Kennedy Igboananike is a soccer player for the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, Djurgårdens IF Fotboll, Vasalunds IF, and AIK Fotboll. Kennedy was born on February 26th, 1989 in Nri-Igbo, Nigeria.

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Kennedy Bakircioglu

Kennedy Bakircioglu is a soccer player for the Hammarby IF, Assyriska FF, Iraklis 1908 Thessaloniki F.C., FC Twente, AFC Ajax, Racing de Santander, Sweden national under-21 football team, and Sweden national football team. Kennedy was born on November 2nd, 1980 in Södertälje, Sweden.

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Kennedy Meeks

Kennedy Meeks is a basketball player. Kennedy was born on February 5th, 1995 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Kennedy

Notable Persons With the Last Name Kennedy

John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy was a 35th President of the United States. He holds the title Address on the Buildup of Arms in Cuba, Establishment of the Peace Corps, World Peace Speech, Ich bin ein Berliner speech, Kennedy comments on the possible prevention of the Cold War, Kennedy's message to Turkey, Announcement to go to the moon, and Secre. His military service ended in 1945. John was born on May 29th, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S. He died on November 22nd, 1963.

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Jacqueline Kennedy

Jacqueline Kennedy was a First Lady of the United States. Jacqueline was born on July 28th, 1929 in Southampton, New York. She left this life on May 19th, 1994.

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Anthony Kennedy

Anthony was born on July 23rd, 1936.

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Robert F. Kennedy

Robert was born on November 20th, 1925 in Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S. He left this life on June 6th, 1968.

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Caroline Kennedy

Caroline Kennedy is an author, attorney, diplomat, and attorneys in the united states. Caroline was born on November 27th, 1957 in Manhattan, New York, U.S.

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Ted Kennedy

Ted Kennedy was an office holder. He holds the title Robert Kennedy's eulogy" and And the Dream Shall Never Die". His military service ended in 1953. Ted was given the name Edward Moore Kennedy on February 22nd, 1932 in Boston. He left this life on August 25th, 2009.

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  • Tim Kennedy
  • Patrick Kennedy
  • Ethel Kennedy
  • George Kennedy
    Actor
  • Rose Kennedy
  • Dame Eunice Kennedy Shriver
  • Joseph Patrick, III Kennedy
  • Marchioness of Hartington Kathleen Cavendish
  • Myles Kennedy
    Musician
  • Sr. Joseph P. Kennedy
    Office Holder
  • Kathleen Kennedy
    President of Lucasfilm
  • Jamie Kennedy
    Comedian
  • Maria Doyle Kennedy
  • Jr. Robert F. Kennedy
    Radio Host

Common last names for Kennedy

  • Brown
  • Obrien

Common first names for Kennedy

  • John
  • James
  • William
  • Mary
  • Robert
  • Thomas
  • Charles
  • Joseph
  • Margaret
  • George
  • Helen
  • Edward
  • Elizabeth
  • Dorothy
  • Richard
  • Ruth
  • Anna
  • Donald
  • David
  • Frank

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kennedy U.S.
  White 80.82% 64.26%
  African American 13.63% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.62% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.61% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.87% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.45% 16.26%

Of Last Name Kennedy

People with the last name Kennedy are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Kennedy

  • What name lists does Kennedy rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Kennedy? Kennedy is the 755th most popular name of all time. In 2019 Kennedy was the 67th most popular name. As a last name Kennedy was the 146th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Kennedy have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 81,630 babies born with the first name Kennedy in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kennedy to occupy the country of Andorra with an estimated population of 78,115 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kennedy? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1912 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Kennedy first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kennedy is Thursday, November 26th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Kennedy born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kennedy was in 2015 with a total of 4,520 babies. That's a lot of babies named Kennedy!
  • Random Kennedy Factoid: According to the 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kennedy ranks 49th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Kansas. Imagine that, 52 babies in Kansas have the same name in 2015.
  • Weird things about the name Kennedy: The name spelled backwards is Ydennek. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Enekynd. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kennedy? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 176,865 people with the last name Kennedy.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kennedy? Kennedy was ranked as the 146th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
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