[ 3 syll. ken-ne-dy, ke-nn-edy ] The baby girl name Kennedy is also used as a boy name, though the use for girls is far more popular. It is pronounced KEH-Neh-Diy- †. Kennedy's language of origin is Celtic. It is predominantly used in English and Gaelic. The meaning of Kennedy is 'ugly head; armored head'. It is derived from ceann meaning 'head' ; éidigh 'ugly; armored'. It represents the transferred use of the surname as a given name. See Kennedy for more information.
The name Kennedy is widely used; it has 31 forms. Forms of the name include Ken, Kenadea, Kenadee, Kenadey, Kenadi, Kenadia, Kenadie, Kenady, Kenedee, Kenedey, Kenedi, Kenedie, Kenedy, Kenidee, Kenidi, Kenidie, Kenidy, Kennadee, Kennadi, Kennadie, Kennady, Kennedea, Kennedee, Kennedey, Kennedi, Kennidee, Kennidi, Kennidy, Kenny, and Kynnedi. Another English form is the spelling variant Kennedie.
Kennedy is a popular baby girl name, and it is also regarded as rather trendy. The name has been increasing in popularity since the 1990s; prior to that, it was of only very modest use. At the recent height of its usage in 2015, 0.232% of baby girls were named Kennedy. It was #57 in rank then. In 2018, it ranked at #59 with a usage of 0.213%, and it was the most popular within all girl names in its family. Kennedy was used 5 times more than the next ranked name, Kennedi, in 2018. Although Kennedy is today more frequently used for baby girls, there was a period from 1960 to 1968 when more boys were given the name. After 1994, increasingly the name became more popular with baby girls than with boys. In 2005, 17 times more baby girls than boys were given the name Kennedy.
Baby names that sound like Kennedy include Kennedee, Kennedey, Kennedi, Kainda, Kamata, Kasinda, Kehinde, Kehindeh, Kehyndeh, Kenadee, Kenadie, Kenedee, Kenedey, Kenidee, Kenidi, Kenidie, Kenidy, Kennadee, Kennadi, and Kennadie.
† Pronunciation for Kennedy: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"