The annals of Scottish history reveal that Kenaway was first used as a name by descendants of the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland
. The Kenaway family lived in the parish of Kennoway in the county of Fife
. The surname Kenaway belongs to the category of habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Kenaway family
The surname Kenaway was first found in Fife
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Kenaway family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kenaway 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 Kenaway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kenaway Spelling Variations
During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations
of the name Kenaway include Kennaway, Kennoway, Kenaway, Kenneway, Kenoway and many more.
Early Notables of the Kenaway 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 Kenaway Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kenaway family to Ireland
Some of the Kenaway 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 Kenaway family to the New World and Oceana
Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia
and North America. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence
. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan
societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of Kenaway: members of the family who migrated to the New World and contributed to the development of North American society.