Kennedy Family History

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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 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kennedy. 14% of Kennedy men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Kennedy women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kennedy were Clerk and Housekeeper

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Kennedy Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1 million 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 228,000 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 250,000 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

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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.

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