Today is my Nana’s birthday, so what better way than to bring yet another post about my own family names which I can’t use because of strict family tradition.
Pick a Baby Name Book off the shelf at your local bookshop and it’ll likely list Kennedy as meaning defined head, or something along those lines to avoid offence, since stictly speaking, the name does mean misshapen head. Not exactly the best meaning in the book, but not necessarily the worst either.
Either way, when my Nana married she got the married surname Bosworth, which is the name of a famous battlefield where the War of the Roses had it’s climax. So it’s not like she’s ever had a surname with good connotations.
In the US, Kennedy will likely remind one of JFK, the president in the early 60s who was assainated in Dallas. I’m not sure about my fellow Brits, but that Red Dwarf episode is always the one that springs to mind for me when I talk about JFK, whereby Lister travels back in time to get a curry, and ends up knocking Lee Harvey Oswald out of the window before he could fire the deadly shot. they then have to set about putting things right.
In terms of popularity, not much is going on as Kennedy sits below the 1000 mark for both males and females: 20 girls and 4 boys were born with the name in 2009.
So why then choose Kennedy? Personally, I think it has an appealing kind of sound to it, and won’t look out of place next to Bentley or even Addison.