Kennedy Family Crest, Coat of Arms & Kennedy Name Origin

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Origin of the Name Kennedy

The ancient history of the name Kennedy was found in the archives. Variations of the name Kennedy include O'Kennedy and Minnagh. Meaning 'helmeted chief', they were a famous Irish Dalcassian sept whose illustrious ancestor was Brian Boru, their territory at first being Glenomra, near Killaloe. Pressure from the O'Briens and McNamaras caused them to move to Upper and Lower Ormond, where they became very powerful. The sept then split into three and their Chiefs were known as Don, Fionn and Rue, of whose martial exploits were recorded in the ancient manuscript 'The Four Masters'. Several Kennedys were officers in James II army and fought at the Battle of the Bon in 1690. The family of President John F. Kennedy hailed from County Wexford.
The Kennedy coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Kennedy descendants.
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