The spelling and overall form of Irish names tend to vary widely over time. The original Gaelic form of the name Kanedy is O'Cinneide, which is derived from the words "ceann," which means "head," and "éidigh," which means "helmet."
Early Origins of the Kanedy family
The surname Kanedy was first found in County Tipperary
(Irish: Thiobraid Árann), established in the 13th century in South-central Ireland
, in the province of Munster
. This distinguished Irish family were descended from Kennedy, nephew of King Brian Boru, Ireland's great Warrior King who fell in the battle of Clontarf in the year 1014.
Early History of the Kanedy family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kanedy research.Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1615 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Kanedy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kanedy Spelling Variations
The scribes who created documents long before either the Gaelic or English language resembled their standardized versions of today recorded words as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages the names of many people were recorded under different spellings each time they were written down. Research on the Kanedy family name revealed numerous spelling variations
, including Kennedy, Minagh, Kennady, O'Kennedy and others.
Early Notables of the Kanedy family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family at this time was Mathew Kennedy, who was forced to leave Ireland
for France after the Fall of Limerick; Sir Robert Kennedy, 1st Baronet
, an official of the... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kanedy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kanedy family to the New World and Oceana
Under the rule of England
, land ownership in Ireland
changed dramatically, and many native Irish families
found themselves renting out land to farm from absentee owners. This was one of the prime reasons that immigration to North America began in the late 18th century: Irish farmers dreamed of owning their own parcel of land to work for themselves. At this point, the immigrants were at least of modest means for the passage across the Atlantic was often quite dear. In the 1840s the Great Potato Famine
created an exodus of people of quite different means. These people were most often destitute: they either sold anything they had to gain a passage or they were sponsored by philanthropic societies. Many of these immigrants were sick from disease and starvation: as a result many did not survive the long transatlantic journey. Although those settlers that did survive were often despised and discriminated against by people already established in these nations, they were critical to rapid development of the powerful industrial nations of the United States and the country that would later become known as Canada. An examination of immigration and passenger lists shows many persons bearing the name of Kanedy or one of its variants: Teage O'Kenedy, who arrived in Virginia in 1666; Ffergos Kenedey, a Scotch-Irish settler in New England
in 1718; David Kennedy, who arrived in Boston in 1737.