Kennedy—This name in N.E. Ulster is of Scottish origin, in Gaelic Mac Ceanadaidh, according to Dr. McBain, who derives it from the Irish Ceinneidigh, ugly head.
This Scottish sept belonged to Ayrshire, the North part of Galloway, and the name is found in Argyle and Inverness. The McKennedys were formerly Lords of Bargany in Ayr. and Earls of Carrick. The family name of the Earls of Casselis was Kennedy. William Buchanan says the McKennedys were originally descended from the once potent surname "of the Mac Kennedys of Ireland."
Alphabetical Index of Surnames
In Popular Rhymes and Sayings of Ireland (first published in 1924) John J. Marshall examines the origin of a variety of rhymes and sayings that were at one time in vogue around different parts of the country, including those which he recalled from his own childhood in County Tyrone. Numerous riddles, games and charms are recounted, as well as the traditions of the ‘Wren Boys’ and Christmas Rhymers. Other chapters describe the war cries of prominent Irish septs and the names by which Ireland has been personified in literature over the centuries.
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