Kernbay is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in the region of Carnaby
a parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Kernbay family
The surname Kernbay was first found in Northumberland
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.
Early History of the Kernbay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kernbay research.Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1552, 1407, 1404, 1541, 1595, 1645, 1624, 1628, 1629, 1640, 1640 and 1642 are included under the topic Early Kernbay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kernbay Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Kernbay family name include Carnaby, Carnabey and others.
Early Notables of the Kernbay family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir William Carnaby (died 1407), English politician, Member of Parliament for Northumberland
in 1404; Leonard Cornaby, High Sheriff
of Northumberland... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kernbay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kernbay family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Kernbay surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Elizabeth Carnaby who settled in Virginia in 1741.