Origins Available: Irish
The spelling and overall form of Irish names tend to vary widely over time. The original Gaelic form of the name Kenaday is O'Cinneide, which is derived from the words "ceann," which means "head," and "éidigh," which means "helmet."
Early Origins of the Kenaday family
The surname Kenaday was first found in County Tipperary
(Irish: Thiobraid Árann), established in the 13th century in South-central Ireland
, in the province of Munster
. This distinguished Irish family were descended from Kennedy, nephew of King Brian Boru, Ireland's great Warrior King who fell in the battle of Clontarf in the year 1014.
Early History of the Kenaday family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kenaday research.Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1615 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Kenaday History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kenaday Spelling Variations
Official documents, crafted by early scribes and church officials, primarily contained names that were spelled according to their pronunciation. This lead to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating an illusion that a single person was many people. Among the many spelling variations
of the surname Kenaday that are preserved in the archival documents of the time are Kennedy, Minagh, Kennady, O'Kennedy and others.
Early Notables of the Kenaday family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family at this time was Mathew Kennedy, who was forced to leave Ireland
for France after the Fall of Limerick; Sir Robert Kennedy, 1st Baronet
, an official of the... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kenaday Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kenaday family to the New World and Oceana
In the 18th and 19th centuries hundreds of thousands of Irish people immigrated to North American shores. The early settlers were enticed by the promise of their own land, but they were moderately well off in Ireland
when they decided to emigrate. Therefore, they were merely carrying out a long and carefully thought out decision. The 1840s saw the emergence of a very different trend: thousands of extremely desperate people crammed into passenger boats hoping to find any type of opportunity. The Irish of this decade had seen their homeland severely stricken by crop failures which resulted in widespread disease and starvation. At whatever time the Irish immigrants came to North America, they were instrumental in the rapid development of the emerging nations of the United States and what would become known as Canada. An exhaustive search of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many persons bearing the name Kenaday, or one of its variants:
Kenaday Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Daniel Kenaday, who arrived in Virginia in 1695 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)