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Gender: female/male
Pronunciation: KEN-uh-dee
Meaning: helmet head
Related Names: Canaday, Kanaday, Ken, Kennaday, Kenneday, Kennedey, Kennet, Kenneth

Length: 7 Gender: {{#if female/male



Rank in 2000s: 124


Name: kennedy Origin: Gaelic,, Meaning (no case): helmet head



The name Kennedy is of Irish and Gaelic origin and is a very common surname. It's possible that the U.S. president John F. Kennedy's popularity is a reason that the name has recently become popular as a given first name. [1] In the U.S., the name first made it onto the common given names list in 1960 and has had a resurgence in the 1990's. [1]

As a surname, the name Kennedy is a common name. The name comes from Irish and Gaelic history and possibly started with Brian Mac Cennedi, thought to have been born around 941 AD. The name has progressed through Irish and Scottish history and remains in Kennedy and O'Kennedy form. Other spellings, including the 'C' spelling are more rare, and the given name Kennedy is coming into usage as both a boys' and girls' first name. [1]


The name Kennedy first appeared as a given first name in America in 1960, and then immediately fell off the charts of popular baby names. Since 1993, the name has made it back on the charts, rising and falling within the range of 800-1000--meaning it always stays near the bottom of the top 1000 names. [1]


John F. Kennedy is perhaps the most famous of Kennedy's, at least in the United States. The Kennedy family from which this American president came is one of America's influential political families. His mother, Rose Fitzgerald, came from a prominent Boston political family as well. His family remains influential in politics today; Caroline Kennedy's endorsement of Barack Obama in 2008 made headlines around the U.S. [1]



  • Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida is named after JFK
  • Kennedy Expressway in Chicago is named after JFK
  • JFK Airport (New York's International Airport) is named after JFK
  • At Harvard University, JFK's alma mater, the School of Government is named after him
  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is in Washington D.C.



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Author: Rachel Hanson

Facts about KennedyRDF feed
Gender female/male  +
Length 7  +
Meaning helmet head  +
Meaningnc helmet head  +
Name kennedy  +
Origin Gaelic  +
Popularity 2  +
Pronunciation KEN-uh-dee  +
Rank in 2000s 124  +
Related Canaday  +, Kanaday  +, Ken  +, Kennaday  +, Kenneday  +, Kennedey  +, Kennet  +, and Kenneth  +
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