Kennedy

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74k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Kennedy mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Kennedy

"Kennedy" is a name of Irish origin, and it means "Ugly Head". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A large airport on Long Island to the east of New York City
  2. 35th President of the United States; established the Peace Corps; assassinated in Dallas (1917-1963)
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Derived from the Gaelic Ó Ceannéidigh, "descendant of Head (ceann) + Ugly (éidigh) ".

  1. A surname​ of Irish origin.
  2. A female given name of modern American usage.
  3. (rare) A male given name

Notable Persons Named Kennedy

Vikram is an actor, film producer, playback singer, voice acting, film actor, and voice actor. His ongoing career started in 1990. Vikram was given the name Kennedy John Victor on April 17th, 1966 in Chennai.

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Kennedy is a political satirist, game show host, and television personality. She was most prominent from 1991 to present. Kennedy was given the name Lisa Kennedy Montgomery on September 8th, 1972 in Indianapolis.

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Rockwell is a pop and synthpop musician. He was most active from 1983 to present. Rockwell was given the name Kennedy William Gordy on May 15th, 1964 in Detroit, Michigan, US. Rockwell is also known as Kenneth Gordy.

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Kennedy Igboananike is a soccer player for the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, Djurgårdens IF Fotboll, Vasalunds IF, and AIK Fotboll. Kennedy was born on February 26th, 1989 in Nri-Igbo, Nigeria.

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Kennedy Bakircioglu is a soccer player for the Hammarby IF, Assyriska FF, Iraklis 1908 Thessaloniki F.C., FC Twente, AFC Ajax, Racing de Santander, Sweden national under-21 football team, and Sweden national football team. Kennedy was born on November 2nd, 1980 in Södertälje, Sweden.

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Kennedy Meeks is a basketball player. Kennedy was born on February 5th, 1995 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Kennedy

John F. Kennedy was a 35th President of the United States. He holds the title Address on the Buildup of Arms in Cuba, Establishment of the Peace Corps, World Peace Speech, Ich bin ein Berliner speech, Kennedy comments on the possible prevention of the Cold War, Kennedy's message to Turkey, Announcement to go to the moon, and Secre. His military service ended in 1945. John was born on May 29th, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S. He died on November 22nd, 1963.

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Jacqueline Kennedy was a First Lady of the United States. Jacqueline was born on July 28th, 1929 in Southampton, New York. She left this life on May 19th, 1994.

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Anthony was born on July 23rd, 1936.

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Robert was born on November 20th, 1925 in Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S. He left this life on June 6th, 1968.

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Caroline Kennedy is an author, attorney, diplomat, and attorneys in the united states. Caroline was born on November 27th, 1957 in Manhattan, New York, U.S.

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Ted Kennedy was an office holder. He holds the title Robert Kennedy's eulogy" and And the Dream Shall Never Die". His military service ended in 1953. Ted was given the name Edward Moore Kennedy on February 22nd, 1932 in Boston. He left this life on August 25th, 2009.

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How popular is the baby name Kennedy in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1912 5 0 5
1914 8 0 8
1915 7 0 7
1916 11 0 11
1917 12 0 12
1918 8 0 8
1920 8 0 8
1921 14 0 14
1922 11 0 11
1923 6 0 6
1924 11 0 11
1925 8 0 8
1926 8 0 8
1927 8 0 8
1928 9 0 9
1929 8 0 8
1930 19 0 19
1931 6 0 6
1934 10 0 10
1935 6 0 6
1937 6 0 6
1938 5 0 5
1939 10 0 10
1940 9 0 9
1942 6 0 6
1943 5 0 5
1944 19 0 19
1945 9 0 9
1946 11 0 11
1947 22 0 22
1948 6 0 6
1949 15 0 15
1950 12 0 12
1951 19 0 19
1952 13 0 13
1953 19 0 19
1954 19 0 19
1955 20 0 20
1956 17 0 17
1957 30 5 25
1958 21 0 21
1959 21 0 21
1960 117 0 117
1961 177 0 177
1962 85 0 85
1963 164 6 158
1964 230 0 230
1965 126 5 121
1966 87 0 87
1967 63 0 63
1968 57 0 57
1969 38 5 33
1970 42 0 42
1971 35 0 35
1972 19 0 19
1973 17 0 17
1974 22 0 22
1975 26 5 21
1976 26 0 26
1977 26 5 21
1978 30 8 22
1979 31 6 25
1980 25 5 20
1981 27 0 27
1982 37 9 28
1983 50 9 41
1984 68 9 59
1985 58 9 49
1986 66 17 49
1987 78 25 53
1988 75 16 59
1989 106 27 79
1990 110 38 72
1991 93 33 60
1992 135 47 88
1993 216 134 82
1994 614 472 142
1995 1,394 1,235 159
1996 1,587 1,418 169
1997 1,809 1,624 185
1998 1,810 1,658 152
1999 2,057 1,892 165
2000 2,551 2,391 160
2001 2,591 2,406 185
2002 2,707 2,512 195
2003 2,944 2,774 170
2004 3,069 2,886 183
2005 2,999 2,826 173
2006 3,082 2,903 179
2007 3,206 3,053 153
2008 3,116 2,950 166
2009 3,011 2,862 149
2010 2,989 2,831 158
2011 3,368 3,244 124 #91 girl name
2012 3,545 3,382 163 #84 girl name
2013 4,108 3,954 154 #64 girl name
2014 4,647 4,489 158 #54 girl name
2015 4,680 4,517 163 #57 girl name
2016 4,492 4,322 170 #59 girl name
2017 4,277 4,137 140 #58 girl name

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Popularity of Kennedy as a first name

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Popularity of Kennedy as a last name

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Common last names for Kennedy

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kennedy U.S.
  White 80.82% 64.26%
  African American 13.63% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.62% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.61% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.87% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.45% 16.26%

Of Last Name Kennedy

People with the last name Kennedy are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Kennedy

  • What name lists does Kennedy rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Kennedy? Kennedy is the 794th most popular name of all time. In 2017 Kennedy was the 58th most popular name. As a last name Kennedy was the 146th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Kennedy have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 73,712 babies born with the first name Kennedy in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kennedy to occupy the country of Dominica with an estimated population of 71,293 (as of May 14, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kennedy? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1912 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Kennedy first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kennedy is Thursday, November 26th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Kennedy born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kennedy was in 2015 with a total of 4,517 babies. That's a lot of babies named Kennedy!
  • Random Kennedy Factoid: According to the 2001 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kennedy ranks 85th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Georgia. Imagine that, 117 babies in Georgia have the same name as you in 2001.
  • Weird things about the name Kennedy: Your name in reverse order is Ydennek. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ekndeny. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kennedy? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 176,865 people with the last name Kennedy.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kennedy? Kennedy was ranked as the 146th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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