Keneway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Pictish clans of ancient Scotland were the ancestors of the first people to use the name Keneway. It comes from in the parish of Kennoway in the county of Fife. The surname Keneway belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Keneway family

The surname Keneway was first found in Fife, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Important Dates for the Keneway family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keneway research. Another 186 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1198, 1221, 1684, 1687, 1693, 1840, 1758, 1836, 1780, 1786, 1791, 1788 and 1794 are included under the topic Early Keneway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Keneway Spelling Variations

Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. Keneway has appeared Kennaway, Kennoway, Kenaway, Kenneway, Kenoway and many more.

Early Notables of the Keneway family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Sir John Kennaway (1758-1836) of Exeter, soldier and diplomat. Some of the Kennaway family originated in Fife, Scotland moved to Devon in the late 17th century where Sir John Kennaway became...
Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keneway Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Keneway migration to Canada

Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence. The Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Keneway name:

Keneway Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Theodora Keneway, aged 30, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • William Keneway, aged 10, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
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