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

The name Sennix is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in an area that was defined by seven oak trees. Sennix is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. During the Middle Ages, as society became more complex, individuals needed a way to be distinguishable from others. Toponymic surnames were developed as a result of this need. Various features in the landscape or area were used to distinguish people from one another. In this case the original bearers of the surname Sennix were named due to their close proximity to the seven oakes.

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Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Sennix were recorded, including Snook, Snooks, Snukes, Sevenoak, Sevenoaks, Sevenoke, Sevenokes, Sinnox, Sinnocks, Sennocke, Sennox, Sevenocke, Sevenockes, Snooke, Snouk, Snouks, Sinnicks, Shinnicks, Shinnocks, Chennix and many more.

First found in Kent where they held a family seat at Sevenoke from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sennix research. Another 283 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1418, 1765 and 1677 are included under the topic Early Sennix History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Sennix family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Sennix family emigrate to North America: George Snouks who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his servants; James Snooke settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630; David Snook, his wife and son Joe settled in Georgia in 1733.

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The Sennix Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sennix 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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