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Where did the English Kenin family come from? What is the English Kenin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kenin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kenin family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Kenin comes from when the family resided in the township of Kenyon found in the parish of Winwick in the county of Lancashire.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Kenin has been recorded under many different variations, including Kenyon, Kenion, Kennion and others.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kenin research. Another 266 words(19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kenin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Kenin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Kenin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 116 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Kenin or a variant listed above:

Kenin Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Robert Kenin, who arrived in Virginia in 1618

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Magnanimiter crucem sustine
Motto Translation: Sustain the cross (i.e. support afflictions) with magnanimity.

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The Kenin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kenin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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