Meaning and Origin of: Kennedy
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First name origins & meanings:
- Irish, Scottish : Chief with helmet
- Gaelic : Helmeted chief
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Last name origin & meaning:
- Irish and Scottish : Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ceannéidigh ‘descendant of Ceannéidigh’, a personal name derived from ceann ‘head’ + éidigh ‘ugly’.
- Kennedy ancestral lands are found both in Ireland and in Scotland, where the family’s medieval ancestral seat is sited on the Ayrshire coast, facing the Irish Sea.