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Where did the Irish Kenney family come from? What is the Irish Kenney family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kenney family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kenney family history?The Kenney surname in Ireland comes from the Gaelic O Coinnigh, which was an old Irish first name, made popular by a 6th century monk of the name, whose "church of Coinneach" became the name of the town Kilkenny.
Before widespread literacy came to Ireland, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Kenney family name. Variations found include Kenny, O'Kenny, Kenney, Kennie and others.
First found in counties Galway and Roscommon.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kenney research. Another 211 words(15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kenney History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Kenney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Kenney:
Kenney Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Kenney Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Kenney Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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: Teneat luceat floreat
Motto Translation: May it hold an shine.
The Kenney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kenney 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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