Girl Baby Name

Kennedy

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Quick Facts on Kennedy

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Celtic, Gaelic, Irish, Scottish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 64
Pronunciation:
KEN-ә-dee
Simple meaning:
Helmet-head; Ugly-head

Characteristics of Kennedy

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Kennedy

Kennedy is the Anglicized form of an ancient Irish personal name Cinnéidigh from the Old Gaelic elements “cinn” meaning “head” and “éidigh” meaning either “ugly” or “helmeted”. As such, the personal name most likely finds its origin in a frisky nickname for a man with a misshapen head. We know it’s not the most pleasant of etymologies so don’t kill the messenger. Given the 21st century trendiness of Kennedy as a baby girl’s name, we were quite surprised to discover its actual etymological roots. In any case, we find it rather amusing in a charming sort of way. The name was most famously borne by Cennétig Mac Lorcáin, a 10th century Irish king in a sub-kingdom of Munster and the father of Brian Boru (an iconic Irish historical figure often regarded as the last High King of Ireland). Brian Boru greatly expanded his power throughout Ireland thanks in part to the foundation laid by his “helmet-headed” father and older brother. Brian is credited with restoring Ireland’s greatness by orchestrating the unification of the Irish kingdoms against the Viking invaders and pesky Norse settlers. Brian’s nephew, Cinnéide, was named after his grandfather and became the founding father of the O’Kennedy clan (from whom the American Kennedys are ultimately descended). Obviously, the Kennedy name remains quite common in Ireland, particularly in the region of North Munster (Counties Clare and Limerick). As a forename, Kennedy was first coined in America in 1960 as a masculine personal name in honor of the 35th U.S. President, John F. Kennedy (1917-1963).

Popularity of the Name Kennedy

The name Kennedy started out as a boy’s name in 1960, the year JFK was elected into the office of the presidency. Clearly, the name’s sudden usage was in homage to this greatly admired man, but by 1969, the name fell off America’s Top 1000 list. Then, abruptly in 1994, American parents decided to resurrect Kennedy for their daughters (it just so happened Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis passed away in May of 1994; coincidence? Probably not). From this point on, Kennedy overtook her male counterpart and is now primarily considered a female name in the United States. In less than 20 years, Kennedy reached Top 100 status (2011) – a remarkable achievement in such a short period of time. The name came back on the charts for boys (also in 1994), but didn’t stick around, falling off entirely by 2006. It’s become overly feminized through popular usage; now parents aren’t interested in this name for their boys. Not surprisingly, as we often see with trendy names, modified spellings began to emerge, like Kennedi, Kenadee and Kenadi. Right now, Kennedy is the most popular of all the female “Ken” names (e.g., Kendell, Kenzie, Kendra, Kenley, Kenya and Kenna). Ironically, a lot of the female “Ken” names were inspired by Kenneth, from the Scottish-Gaelic Coinneach meaning “handsome” (the opposite of Kennedy). C’mon. It’s funny. Right?
Popularity of the Girl Name Kennedy
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Kennedy

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Kennedy

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Kennedy

    Kennedy We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Kennedy.

  • Popular Songs on Kennedy

    Popular Songs on Kennedy

    Kennedy - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the first name Kennedy.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Kennedy

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Kennedy

    Who Was John F. Kennedy? (Yona Zeldis McDonough) - The man who saved the lives of his PT-109 crewmen during WWII and became the 35th president fought-and won-his first battle at the age of two-and-a-half, when he was stricken with scarlet fever. Although his presidency was cut short, our nation's youngest elected leader left an indelible mark on the American consciousness and now is profiled in our Who Was...? series. Included are 100 black-and-white illustrations as well as a timeline that guides readers through this eventful period in history. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Kennedy

    Famous People Named Kennedy

    Famous People Named Kennedy - Kennedy (aka Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, former MTV "video jockey")

  • Children of Famous People Named Kennedy

    Children of Famous People Named Kennedy

    Famous People who Named their Child Kennedy - Berry Gordy (music producer); Joe Nemechek (racecar driver)

  • Historic Figures

    Kennedy - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Kennedy - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Kennedy.

Personality of the Girl Name Kennedy

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Kennedy

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