Kanoway is a name whose ancestors lived among the Picts
, a tribe in ancient Scotland
. The Kanoway family lived in the parish of Kennoway in the county of Fife
. The surname Kanoway belongs to the category of habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Kanoway family
The surname Kanoway was first found in Fife
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Kanoway family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kanoway 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 Kanoway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kanoway Spelling Variations
The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations
. Kanoway has been spelled Kennaway, Kennoway, Kenaway, Kenneway, Kenoway and many more.
Early Notables of the Kanoway 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 Kanoway Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kanoway family to Ireland
Some of the Kanoway 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 Kanoway family to the New World and Oceana
The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland
. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England
and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence
. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan
societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Kanoway: members of the family who migrated to the New World and contributed to the development of North American society.