Meaning The chief of the clan. Duncan de Carrick living in 1153, was father of Nichol de Carrick, whose son, Roland de Carrick, took the name of Kennedy, and was the ancestor of the family.
From the Gaelic or Celtic words 'Kean-na-ty;' the head of the house, or chief of the clan. 'Ceannaide' signifies also a shopkeeper, a merchant.
Helmet headed.
Origin Scottish, Irish, Jewish, Celtic, Falkland, Belgian, South african, Hungarian

Rank 130 (2000 US census) 137 (1990 US census)
Count 171,636 (2000 US census)

Race / ethnic distribution

The 2000 US Census claims that
  • 82.97%, or 142406 total occurrences, of those with this family name identified themselves as being white,
  • 12.98%, or 22278 total occurrences, as black,
  • 0.46%, or 790 total occurrences, as Asian and Pacific Islander,
  • 0.62%, or 1064 total occurrences, as American Indian and Native Alaskan,
  • 1.4%, or 2403 total occurrences, as two or more races, and
  • 1.57%, or 2695 total occurrences, as Hispanic ethnic origin.

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