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Kennedy Clan

PostThu Mar 24, 2016 4:06 pm

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Re: Kennedy Clan

PostThu Mar 24, 2016 4:08 pm

Origin of the Kennedy Clan Name

O'Kennedy

Kennedy is an anglicised form of the gaelic name Ó Ceannéidigh, descendant of Ceannéidigh, which was a personal name derived from ceann (which means head) and éiigh( which means ugly). Cinneide was the name of the nephew of Brian Boru (Bryan Boru), High King of Ireland so the name has a direct link to the ancestory line of Brian Boru.


The Kennedy descendents were among the most powerful families of the Dál gCáis and left their home of Clare to the adjoining North Tipperary where they became Lords of Ormond for over four hundred years until the Sixteenth century.

They originated from Munster, the counties of Clare, Limerick and Tipperary. It is from here that the surname became widespread all over the world particularly in the United States where the Famous Kennedy family are bearers of the name and descendants from him. The most famous being J.F Kennedy the thirty-fifth president of the United States of America.

Additional variations of the name include Quenedy, Kenneday, Kenedie, Kenedy, Kennedy.


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Re: Kennedy Clan

PostThu Mar 24, 2016 4:39 pm

This is an anglicized form of an Olde Gaelic (Scots and Irish) personal/nickname 'cinneidigh or cinneide', a compound of the elements 'cinn' meaning 'head', plus 'eide' translating variously as 'grim' or 'helmeted'. Cinneide was the nephew of Brian Boru, High King of Ireland (1002 - 1014), and the surname O Cinneide (the Gaelic prefix 'O' indicating 'male descendant of') came into being in Ireland in the 11th Century. The 'Annals of the Four Masters' record an O Cinneide, Lord of Tipperary in 1159. The first recorded Scottish name bearer appears to be Gilbert Mac Kenedi who witnessed a charter in Melrose circa 1165 - 1170. (The prefix 'mac' means 'son of'). The Scottish Kennedys are by remote origin Irish Gaels. In 1296 one, Alexander Kennedy was canon of Glasgow. Duncan Kennedy, provost of Aberdeen, 1321 - 1322 was the first recorded of the name in the north east. The Kennedy's held the lands of Kermuck (Aberdeenshire) for generations. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Henry Kennedy or Mac Kenede, which was dated 1185 - Leader of a rebellion in Galloway, during the reign of King William, The Lion of Scotland, 1165 - 1214. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

Read more: http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Kennedy#ixzz43pqid8hd


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Re: Kennedy Clan

PostFri Mar 25, 2016 11:51 pm

Good info Maura
My ipad controls my spellings not me so apologies from it in advance :) lol

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