Kanet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Kanet comes from when the family resided in the settlement of Kennett in Cambridgeshire, or in East Kennett or West Kennett in the county of Wiltshire. The surname Kanet belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Kanet family

The surname Kanet was first found in Wiltshire. "This place, in Domesday Book called Chenete, was anciently a distinct parish, and was held by the church of St. Mary at Winchester." [1]

Early History of the Kanet family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kanet research. Another 120 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1237, 1780, 1660, 1728, 1718, 1728, 1674 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Kanet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kanet Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Kanet has been recorded under many different variations, including Kennet, Kennett Kenet and others.

Early Notables of the Kanet family (pre 1700)

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kanet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Kanet family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Kanet or a variant listed above: Richard Kennet who was working as an apothecary in Boston in the 17th century; Benjamine Kennet settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1729; Peter Kennett settled in Virginia in 1655.



The Kanet Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Audi alteram partem
Motto Translation: Hear the other party.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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