Kennard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Kennard belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in the settlement of Kenwood in Kenton in the county of Devon. The surname Kennard belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Kennard family

The surname Kennard was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Kennard family

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Kennard Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Kennard include Kenwood, Kentwood, Kenward, Kentward, Kenswood and others.

Early Notables of the Kennard family (pre 1700)

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Kennard Ranking

In the United States, the name Kennard is the 6,359th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]


United States Kennard migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Kennard were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Kennard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Kennard, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798 [2]
Kennard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William G Kennard, who arrived in Texas in 1835 [2]

New Zealand Kennard migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Kennard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Kennard, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1844
  • Mr. Simon Kennard, (b. 1838), aged 39, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Marlborough" arriving in Bluff, South Island, New Zealand on 4th November 1877 [3]
  • Mrs. Mary Anne Kennard, (b. 1847), aged 30, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Marlborough" arriving in Bluff, South Island, New Zealand on 4th November 1877 [3]
  • Mr. William Kennard, (b. 1870), aged 7, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Marlborough" arriving in Bluff, South Island, New Zealand on 4th November 1877 [3]
  • Mr. Thomas Kennard, (b. 1872), aged 5, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Marlborough" arriving in Bluff, South Island, New Zealand on 4th November 1877 [3]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Kennard (post 1700) +

  • William E. Kennard, American Democratic Party politician, Member, Federal Communications Commission, 1997-2001; Chair, Federal Communications Commission, 1997-2001 [4]
  • Thomas P. Kennard, American politician, Secretary of State of Nebraska, 1867-71 [4]
  • Thomas Jefferson Kennard (1791-1866), American politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1847-48; Member of Indiana State Senate, 1849-52 [4]
  • Joseph F. Kennard, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 3rd District, 1868-70 [4]
  • George N. Kennard, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 22nd District, 1915-18 [4]
  • Donley C. Kennard (1929-2011), American politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives, 1953-63; Member of Texas State Senate 10th District, 1963-73 [4]
  • Helen Kennard Bettin (1887-1983), American author, teacher and volunteer
  • Kennard Baker Bork, retired American teacher of geology and geography
  • Kennard E. Goldsmith, American politician, Mayor of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 1937 [5]

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Kenneth Frank Kennard, American Gunner's Mate Third Class from Idaho, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [6]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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