Kennedy Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Kennedy Family History

If you are conducting some Kennedy family history research then you can view the Kennedy coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and Kennedy surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'


The name Kennedy in Ireland is derived from the O'Cinneide Sept that was based in County Clare in the West of the Country. Branches of the Sept migrated to Counties Tipperary and Antrim so the name is today widespread throughout the country and in fact is among the twenty most frequently found.

A Sept is an ancient form of a Clan and is a group of people whose ancestors all bore the same surname and inhabited the same locality.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Kennedy Coat of Arms

Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Sable/Black Denotes Constancy and sometimes Grief.
Helmet Signifies Wisdom and Security in Defence
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