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The name Kench has seen many modifications since the time in which it was first devised. In Gaelic it appeared as Mag Aonghusa or Mag Aonghuis. Both of these mean son of Angus.

Kench Early Origins



The surname Kench was first found in County Down (Irish:An Dún) part of the Province of Ulster, in Northern Ireland, formerly known as county St Mirren, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

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Kench Spelling Variations


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Kench Spelling Variations



Pronunciation, rather than spelling, was what guided scribes and church officials in recording names, a practice that often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Kench are preserved in documents that were examined for evidence of the family's history. The various spellings of Kench included Kinch, Kinnish, Kennish, MacInesh, MacInch, McInch, MacKinch, McKinch and many more.

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Kench Early History


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Kench Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kench research. Another 204 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kench History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kench Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kench Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kench Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



The 19th century brought a massive reduction in Ireland's population. It seemed that during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s the Irish people had two options: starve or immigrate. Those that chose the later frequently headed for the United States, hopeful for land, work, and equality. Those determined for free land joined the migration west; while others stayed behind to live in urban centers and often work in factories. Still others began a transitory life in work camps, building the bridges, canals, railways, and highways so critical to the rapidly development of the growing industrial nation. Early passenger and immigration lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Kench:

Kench Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard Kench, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Thomas Kench, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1812
  • William Kench, aged 32, landed in New York in 1812
  • James Kench, aged 35, arrived in New York in 1812

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    4. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    5. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    6. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    7. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    8. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    9. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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    The Kench Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kench Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 23 February 2015 at 15:51.

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