The ancestors of the first family to use the name Kanewi lived among the ancient Scottish people called the Picts
. The Kanewi family lived in the parish of Kennoway in the county of Fife
. The surname Kanewi belongs to the category of habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Kanewi family
The surname Kanewi was first found in Fife
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Kanewi family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kanewi research.Another 230 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1198, 1221, 1684, 1687, 1693, 1840, 1758, 1836, 1780, 1786, 1791, 1788 and 1794 are included under the topic Early Kanewi History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kanewi Spelling Variations
In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations
in names were common even among members of one family unit. Kanewi has appeared Kennaway, Kennoway, Kenaway, Kenneway, Kenoway and many more.
Early Notables of the Kanewi family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
at this time was Sir John Kennaway (1758-1836) of Exeter
, soldier and diplomat. Some of the Kennaway family originated in Fife, Scotland
moved to Devon
in the late 17th century where Sir John Kennaway became... Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kanewi Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kanewi family to Ireland
Some of the Kanewi family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 77 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kanewi family to the New World and Oceana
Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland
, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan
societies that have sprung up throughout North America. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Kanewi: members of the family who migrated to the New World and contributed to the development of North American society.