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

The present generation of the Kenward family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in the settlement of Kenwood in Kenton in the county of Devon. The surname Kenward belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

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Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Kenward include Kenwood, Kentwood, Kenward, Kentward, Kenswood and others.

First found in Gloucestershire 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 Kenward research. Another 305 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1086 and 1274 are included under the topic Early Kenward History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Kenward were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: James Kentworthy, who came to New York in 1820; J. Kenward, who was on record in Ontario in 1816; Tom Kenwood, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1867; as well as Charles Kenwood, who recorded in the census of Ontario, Canada of 1871..

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  • Harry Kenward, researcher and professor of archeology at the University of York, England
  • James Kenward (1908-1994), English author and illustrator
  • Richard Kenward (1875-1957), English cricketer
  • Shane Kenward (b. 1972), Australian professional rugby league footballer


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  6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Kenward Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kenward 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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