These Are the Meanings Behind the Kennedy Family’s Names

The significance goes back generations.

The Kennedy Family
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The Kennedy family is essentially American royalty, rising to particular prominence and fame during the period during which John F. Kennedy and his siblings had significant political power (which Jackie Kennedy referred to as Camelot). But the family has also been struck by much tragedy over the course of their long history, something the rest of the clan tries to honor. By now, the Kennedy family is expansive, with the grandchildren of JFK and his siblings coming into adulthood. A lot of them have similar names, often as a tribute to earlier ancestors, so let's break out who's who and what their names signify. 

Katherine J. Igoe

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