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The original Gaelic form of Kenna was Mac Cionaoith.

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The surname Kenna was first found in County Monaghan (Irish: Muineachán) located in the Northern part of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Ulster, at Truagh where they were known as the Lords of Truagh.

The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Kenna were encountered in the archives: MacKenna, MacKennagh, MacKenney, MacKenny, MacKinna, MacKinnie and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kenna research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the year 1544 is included under the topic Early Kenna History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Kenna Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North Ameri ca. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Kenna:

Kenna Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A R Kenna, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1813
  • Patrick Kenna, aged 40, arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Hugh Kenna, aged 30, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1834
  • Edward Martin Kenna, who arrived in Mississippi in 1840
  • Edward Kenna, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
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Kenna Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Emma Kenna, aged 8, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Providence" from Cork, Ireland
  • Michael Kenna, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Margaret Kenna, aged 19, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Matthew Kenna, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1834

Kenna Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Kenna, aged 28, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Escort"
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  • Joseph Norris Kenna (1888-1950), American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Kanawha County, 1931-32; Judge of West Virginia supreme court of appeals, 1933-50
  • John F. Kenna (d. 1998), American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly 33rd District, 1968
  • John Edward Kenna (1848-1893), American Democrat politician, Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney, 1872-77; U.S. Representative from West Virginia 3rd District, 1877-83; U.S. Senator from West Virginia, 1883-93
  • Frank T. Kenna (1874-1947), American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from New Haven, 1911-12
  • Frank Kenna (1895-1964), American Republican politician, Member of New York Republican State Committee, 1930-36, 1961; Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964
  • Francis M. Kenna, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Queens County 1st District, 1920
  • Bruce Kenna, American politician, U.S. Attorney for New Hampshire, 1984-85
  • Annie B. Kenna, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Charleston, West Virginia, 1893-98
  • Mrs. K. G. Kenna, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1956
  • Michael Kenna (1857-1946), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1908, 1912, 1920, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1940
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    Other References

    1. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    4. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Kenna Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kenna 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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