Love everything about the Kennedy family? These Kennedy-inspired baby names are as iconic as the famous family that still captivates us all. From the Kennedy matriarch, Rose, to President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, there’s a name associated with them that is sure to resonate with you.
The Kennedys came together when Irish-Americans Joseph Kennedy Sr. and Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald married. The family has since become known for their contribution to politics, with the election of John F. Kennedy in 1960, to their glamorous lifestyle with Jackie Onassis and the famous “Kennedy Compound” in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. Of course, along with the glamour came the tragedies, including the plane crash that killed John F. Kennedy Jr., as well as the assassination of his father JFK.
We pulled together some of our favorite baby names inspired by the Kennedy family.
The name Kennedy
The most obvious choice for a name after this iconic family is the name Kennedy. This name is actually classified as a baby boy name of Irish origin that means “helmeted.”
It is interesting to note, however, that Kennedy is actually a more popular name for baby girls! It has been steadily moving up the charts, with it ranked 139 on the Social Security Administration’s list of popular baby names for girls in 2000 — and has moved up to number 59 on the most recent 2016 list.
The alternative spelling of Kennedi is ranked at number 416.
Girl baby names inspired by the Kennedy family
These Kennedy-inspired baby girl names are classic names, perfect for your daughter:
Boy baby names inspired by the Kennedy family
These classic boy baby names are strong:
You can also consider the cool name Fitzgerald, which is JFK’s mother’s maiden name. Fitzgerald is an Irish name which means, “mighty spearholder’s son.”
The new generation of Kennedy names
The Kennedy family continues to grow, with many of the fifth generation kids having four or five kids each.
Conor, the son of Robert Kennedy, is the latest Kennedy to rise to fame — and inspire parents to name their children. The name Conor is an Irish name, as are many of the Kennedy names as a nod to their heritage.
Here are more Kennedy boy names from the new generation:
Check out these great names from the new generation of Kennedy girls:
Originally published November 2012. Updated May 2017.