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Background: The eponymous ancestor of the O'Kennedys was Kennedy, nephew of Brian Boru, or Cinneide in Irish, the resultant surname being O Cinneide (Brian Boru's father was Cinneide). They are thus a Dalcassian sept, and at first their territory was around Glenomra near Killaloe, and their occupation is perpetuated by the name of the civil parish comprising that area, viz. Killokennedy, but pressure from the powerful O'Briens and MacNamaras caused them to cross the Shannon and settle in Upper and lower Ormond. There they soon increased in power and importance, and from the eleventh to the sixteenth century they were lords of Ormond...

Variations: Ceanneidigh, Ceannaideach,Cinneidigh, Cennedi, O'Cinneide, Cinneide, Cendetig, Cennetig, O'Cinnkide, Canady, Canedy, Canidy, Canaday, Minagh, Minnagh, MacUalraig, MacKenedy, McKennedy, M'Kenedy, Mac Ulric, Mac Walrick, Kennedy, O'Kennedy, Kennady, O'Kennedy, Kenedy, Kanady, Kannady, MacKennedy, MacKennedie, Canada, Canadey, Canady, Caneday, Canedy, Caniday, Cannada, Cannaday, Cannady, Canneday, Canniday, Cenedy, Cennidy, Ceniday, Chinneide, Kanada, Kanaday, Kanadey, Kinidy, Kannedy, Kenada, Kendy, Keneday, Kenerdy, Kennaday, Kennady, Kenidy, Kenndy, Kenneday, Kennerday, Kennidy.

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