Show ContentsKench History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Kench family

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.

Early History of the Kench family

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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.

Early Notables of the Kench family (pre 1700)

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United States Kench migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • Thomas Kench, aged 26, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • William Kench, aged 32, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • James Kench, aged 35, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]

Australia Kench migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kench Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  1. 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)
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 30th September 2020). Retrieved from on Facebook