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Kennedy Name Meaning

Irish and Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ceannéidigh ‘descendant of Ceannéidigh’, a personal name derived from ceann ‘head’ + éidigh ‘ugly’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Kenny, Dennehy, Kenley, Kenneth, Tunney, Kenney, Keady, Benney

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Kennedy Family Origin

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Kennedy Family Occupations

What did your Kennedy ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Kennedy occupation in the USA was Farmer. 27% of Kennedy's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kennedy. A less common occupation for the Kennedy family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

    27%
  • Laborer

    12%
  • Keeping House

    7%
  • Carpenter

    2%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Kennedy ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Kennedy Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Kennedy. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kennedy census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Kennedy. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Kennedy. For the veterans among your Kennedy ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kennedy Life Expectancy

What is the average Kennedy lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Kennedy life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Kennedy in 1940 was 48, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Kennedy

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kennedy ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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