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> Wasn't the name of the ancestor of the Kennedys,Ceindeidig mac Lorcain,
> supposed to mean "helmet head"?  The 'eidig' part, from 'étid' - "clothe,
> equip, arm",
> purportedly refers to Ceindeidig's unattractive facial features.
> 
> I think that famous ancestors tend to be a source of pride to people, even
> if, or especially if, they have distinctive epithets.  Certainly, many
> important historical figures had strange nicknames, Charles the Bald, Vlad
> the Impaler, Niall Glundub, Cobthach Coel.

Also Malcolm Canmore (i.e. Ceann Mór = Big Head).

Deborah

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