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What does Kennedy mean?

Kennedy Pronunciation of Kennedy as a boys' name (also used more generally as girls' name Kennedy) is pronounced KEN-a-dee. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Kennedy is "helmet head; ugly head". From Cinnéidigh. Use as a given name may be inspired by President John F. Kennedy. Violinist Nigel Kennedy.


ASSOCIATED WITH irish, helmet (defender)


VARIANTS Canaday, Canady, Kenedi, Kennady, Kennedey



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How popular is Kennedy?

Kennedy is a rare first name for men but a very popular surname for all people (#130 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Kennedy entered the list in 1950-1959 and reached its apex rank of #722 in the U.S. in the 1960s, and is at #1390 presently. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kennedy name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kennedy outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Denney, Kannen, Karney, Kealey, Keane, Kearney, Keeley, Keely, Keene, Keenen, Kelbey, Kelley, Kelsey, Kendel, Kendell, Kendyl, Kenelm, Kenhelm, Kenlea, Kenlee, Kenley, Kenly, Kenn, Kennan, Kennard, Kennelm (see Kenelm), Kenner, Kennet, Kenneth, Kennett, Kenney, Kennie, Kennith, Kennon, Kennt, Kenny, Kenway, Kerbey (see Kirby), Kerrey, Keyne, Kinnell, Kinney, Kinsey and Konner. These names tend to be more commonly used than Kennedy.

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