The Kennedy Heraldry - Crest
There are many Armory and Crests for the Kennedy name reflecting the individuality of the family. Without having a complete tracing of your particular branch of the family you will not know what Family in Scotland or Ireland that you hail From, and without this information you cannot establish your crest. There are also the O'Kennedys and the O'Cinneidigh, all of which are included here.
The information below was found at the Kingsport Public Library in Kingsport, Tennessee on June 10, 1997.
The General Armory
or-----gold or yellow d. ------died
ar. ---argent, or silver or white. m. ------married
az. ---azure, or blue b. ------born
gu. ---gules or red s.p. ----sine prole, without issue.
vert. -green d.v.p.---died vita patris.
purp. -purpure, or purple. betw. ---between
sa. ---sable, or black fun.ent.-funeral entry
erm. --ermine F.E.I. --funeral entry Ireland
ppr. --proper visit. --visitation of a
chev. -chevron country by a herald
engr. -engrailed reg. ----registered
ramp. -rampant ped. ----pedigree
Kenneday, Ar on a fesse az. three mullets of the field. CREST - An arm erect grasping a belt all ppr.
Kennedy, (England). Sa. three esquires helmets Ar. CREST - On a rock a goose ppr.
Kennedy. See O'Kennedy, O'Cinnedigh.
Kennedy, (Tombrechan, co. Tipperary; Fun. Ent. JAMES KENNEDY, son and heir of WILLIAM KENNEDY, Grandson of DONOGH KENNEDY, and a great Grandson of RORY KENNEDY, all of the same place, killed at Boris co. Tipperary; by Kean O Carroll, 14 May 1640) Sa. three esquires' helmets ar. garnished or. CREST - An arm erect couped below the elbow, the hand holding an oak branch fructed all ppr.
Kennedy, (HUGH KENNEDY, of Dublin, merchant, son of LAWRENCE KENNEDY. Visit. City of Dublin, 1607). Same Arms. CREST - a demi eagle displ. sa. bezantee. Holding in the bill a cross formee fitchee gu.
Kennedy, (ROBERT KENNEDY, Alderman of Dublin, son of the foregoing. Visit. Dublin, 1607). Same Arms and crest, a mullet for dif.
Kennedy, (Dublin; Fun Ent. 1595, Ulster's Office). Sa. a Fleur-de- Lis betw. three esquires helmets ar. garnished or.
Kennedy, (Confirmed by Molyneux, Ulster, 1628, to ROBERT KENNEDY, Cheif Chamberlain of the Exchequer in Ireland). Sa. an escallop or, betw. three helmets ar. garnished of the second. CREST - a naked hand holding a hori between two oak leaves ppr.
Kennedy, (Hill Foot Ireland). Sa on a fess ar. betw. three esquires' helmets close ppr. a greyhound courant ppr. CREST - an arm in armor embowed, the hand holding an oak branch acorned all ppr. Motto - Adhaereo Virtuti.
Kennedy, (Johnstown-Kennedy, co. Dublin, bart.; granted to JOHN KENNEDY, Esq., of Johnstown, co. Dublin). Sa. on a fess betw. three helmets close ar. a fox courant ppr. CREST - An armed arm embowed ppr. the hand grasping a branch of oak also ppr. fructed or. Motto - Adhaereo Virtuti.
Kennedy, (granted to GEORGE CROOKSHANK KENNEDY, Esq., of Londonderry). Ar. a chev. gu. btw. three crosses croslet fitchee sa. Crest - A dolphin naiant ppr. Motto - Avise la fin.
Kennedy-Baillie, See BAILLIE.
Kennedy, (Bargany and Ardstinchar, co, Ayr). Quarterly 1st and 4th, ar.a chev. gu. betw. three cross crosslets fitchee sa., for KENNEDY; 2nd and 3rd, az. three fleurs de lis or, the arms of France, borne for the aid given by Sir HUGH KENNEDY in the French wars with England.
Kennedy, (Kirkhill, representative of Bargany, 1678). Quarterly as the last. CREST - A hand grasping a dagger ppr. Motto Fuimus.
Kennedy, (Bennane, co. Ayr, representative of Bargany, 1837). Quarterly, as the last. CREST - A fleur-de-lis or, issuing out of two oak leaves ppr. SUPPORTERS - Dexter, a lady attired in the costume of the 16th century; sinister, a wyvern, both ppr. MOTTO - Fuimus.
Kennedy, (Clowburn, co, Ayr). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, ar. on a fesse az. three mullets of the first, for WEIR; 2nd and 3rd, quarterly, 1st and 4th, ar. a chev. gu. betw. three cross crosslets fitchee sa. all within a double tressure flory counter-flory of the second, for KENNEDY, 2nd and 3rd, France, as in the arms of KENNEDY, of Bargany. CREST - A dexter hand holding a military girdle, on it the words "Vires veritas." MOTTO - Below the Shield: Non fallo.
Kennedy, (Auchtyfardell, co Lanark, 1752). Ar. on a chev. gu. betw. three cross crosslets fitchee sa. a fleur-de-lis ar. CREST - A dexter hand holding a dagger ppr. MOTTO - Avise la fin.
Kennedy, (Earl of Casillis, and Marquis of Ailsa). Ar. a chev. gu. betw. three cross crosslets fitchee sa. all within a double tressure flory counterflory of the second. A dolphin naiant ppr. SUPPORTERS - Two swans ppr. beaked and membered gu. MOTTO - Avise la fin.
Kennedy, (Blairquhan, co. Ayr.). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, ar. a chev. gu. betw. three cross crosslets fitchee sa.; 2nd and 3rd, az. a lion ramp. ar. crowned or, for MACDOWALL.
Kennedy, (Girvanmains, co. Ayr). Ar. on a chev. gu. betw. three crosses crosslet fitchee sa. a boar's head erased of the first, and in the middle chief point a man's heart of the second. CREST - A dolphin naint ppr. MOTTO - Avise la fin.
Kennedy, (Kirkmichael, co. Ayr). Ar. a chev. gu. betw. two crosses crosslet fitchee in chief, and a boar's head erased sa. in a base. Crest - A palm branch slipped vert. Motto - Malim esse probus quam haberi.
Kennedy, (Kirmucks, co. Aberdeen). Ar. two keys saltireways gu. and in a base a cross crosslet fitchee sa.
Kennedy (Col. ALEX. KENNEDY, C.B., K.C.H., 1839). Ar. a chev. gu. betw. three cross crosslets fitchee sa. and in middle chief point a fleur-de-lis az., and for an augmentation on a chief erm. the representation of a French ensign and flag, with the inscription "L'Empereur Napoleon, au 105me Regiment," &c., thereon, and a sword displ. saltireways, and over the same the word "Waterloo." CRESTS - Dexter: A soldier of the 1st Royal Dragoons, holding in his right hand a sword ppr., and in his left a French eagle with a tri-colored flag, having thereon the number 105; sinister: A dolphin az. ppr. MOTTO - Avise la fin
Kennedy (Underwood, co. Ayr, 1850) Ar on a chev. gu. betw. three cross crosslets fitchee sa. a mullet pierced betw. two lions counter-pass. or. Crest - A dolphin hauriant ppr. MOTTO - Vincit vim virtus.
Kennedy (Cultra, co. Down). Ar. a chev. gu. betw. three cross crosslets fitchee sa. within a double tressure flory counterflory of the second. CREST - A dolphin naiant ppr. MOTTO - Avise la fin.
From Burkes Armory the following description of mottoes and the families by whom they were shared.
Mottoes connected with the Kennedy family and showing what other families they are shared with.
Adhaero virtuti - Kennedy
Avise la fin - Cassels, Haffey, Kennedy
Fuimis - Bruce, Cartwright, Cumming-Bruce, Fogo, Kennedy, O' Beirne, Pryce, Symons, Were, Wright.
Malim esse probus quam haberi - Kennedy
Non Fallo - Kennedy
Submitted by: Kip Kennedy, Kipper3003@aol.com