Kenefick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Kenefick came to Ireland with the Anglo- Norman invasion of the 12t century. The name itself is thought to have comes from a Welsh place-name and was at one time prefixed with the typical Norman "de."

Early Origins of the Kenefick family

The surname Kenefick was first found in the city of Dublin and the Leinster counties of Kilkenny, Kildare, and Louth. Four the past 400 years, the name has been associated with County Cork. The early ancestors of the family settled in these areas following their coming to Ireland with the Anglo- Norman invasion. The surname originally hails from Wales, specifically a Welsh place name that originally had the prefix "de." [1] Today Kenfig Hill is a village in Bridgend County, South Wales and it is from this locale that the family originated.

Early History of the Kenefick family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kenefick research. Another 21 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 171 and 1712 are included under the topic Early Kenefick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kenefick Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kennefick, Kenefick, Kennefic, Kennefake, Kenefeake and many more.

Early Notables of the Kenefick family (pre 1700)

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


United States Kenefick migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kenefick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Richard Kenefick, who was naturalized in Wisconsin in 1854
  • Joseph D. Kenefick, who was naturalized in DeKalb County, Illinois in 1893
Kenefick Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mary Kenefick, aged 16, who arrived in America from Lismore, Ireland, in 1901
  • Stephen A. Kenefick, aged 61, who arrived in America from County Cork, Ireland, in 1904
  • Robert Kenefick, aged 24, who arrived in America from County Cork, Ireland, in 1907
  • Elizabeth Kenefick, aged 20, who arrived in America from Midleton, Ireland, in 1909
  • Nellie Kenefick, aged 48, who arrived in America, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Kenefick migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kenefick Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Richard Kenefick, who settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1793

Contemporary Notables of the name Kenefick (post 1700) +

  • Amy Kenefick, American producer of Newton's Apple (1983-1987)
  • Rober W. Kenefick, American scientist and researcher at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Natick, Massachusetts
  • William Kenefick, American President of the Missouri, Oklahoma and Gulf Railroad (MO&G), eponym of Kenefic, a town in Bryan County, Oklahoma
  • William Sebastian Kenefick (b. 1971), American television personality and CEO of RetroSBK, a manufacturer of custom-made and retro-inspired motorcycles
  • J. B. Kenefick, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1908 [2]
  • Daniel J. Kenefick, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1892; Justice of New York Supreme Court 8th District, 1900-03 [2]


  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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