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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."

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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]CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)
Today Kenfig Hill is a village in Bridgend County, South Wales and it is from this locale that the family originated.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kenefick research. Another 41 words (3 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.

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

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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
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Kenefick Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Richard Kenefick, who settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1793
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  • 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
  • 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
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Citations



  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)

Other References

  1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  4. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  7. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  8. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  9. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  10. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
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The Kenefick Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kenefick 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.

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