Kenniston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Kenniston family

The surname Kenniston was first found in Lothian where they held a family seat on the English/Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient no-man's land. Notable families such as the Percy, the Umfravilles and the Nevilles gathered many supporting clans around them. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. In that century, many of those clans drove their herds south, and they settled in Yorkshire and Lancashire. The name was first recorded as part of the Gun Clan which settled on the border in 1346 having broken away from the main Clan when Chieftain Will 'the Crowner' Gunn acquired lands here.

Early History of the Kenniston family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kenniston research. Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1278, 1634, 1663 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Kenniston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kenniston Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gunnison, Gunneson, Kenneson, Kenniston, Kennison, Kennerson, Gunnerson, Kenson and many more.

Early Notables of the Kenniston family (pre 1700)

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United States Kenniston migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kenniston Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Allen Kenniston, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1642 [1]
  • Edward Kenniston, who landed in Maryland in 1663 [1]
  • Gabriel Kenniston, who arrived in Maryland in 1663 [1]
  • William Kenniston, who arrived in Maryland in 1669 [1]
Kenniston Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Kenniston, who landed in New England in 1746 [1]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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