, one of the original six "Celtic nations" is the homeland to the surname Kenerly. A revival of the Cornish language which began in the 9th century AD has begun. No doubt this was the language spoken by distant forebears of the Kenerly family. Though surnames became common during medieval times, English people were formerly known only by a single name. The way in which hereditary surnames
were adopted in medieval England
is fascinating. Many Cornish surnames appear to be topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees, many are actually habitation surnames. The name Kenerly is a local
type of surname and the Kenerly family lived in Devon
, in the parish of Kennerleigh.
Early Origins of the Kenerly family
The surname Kenerly was first found in Devon
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Kenerly family
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Kenerly Spelling Variations
Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England
, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations
often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall
and the rest of England
. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic
language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Kenerley, Kenerly, Kennerley, Kennerly, Kennerleigh, Kenerleigh, Kenardely and many more.
Early Notables of the Kenerly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kenerly family to the New World and Oceana
Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Kenerly were Plule Kennerly, who sailed to Delaware in 1637. James Kennerly sailed to Pennsylvania in 1682 and Everton Kennerly journeyed to Texas in 1830.