A Strathclyde-Briton family from the Scottish/English Borderlands was the first to use the surname Kennarday. It is a name for a dour
person. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Gaelic nickname Cinneididh,
which translates as grim-headed.
It is doubtful that there is any ancient relationship between the Irish Kennedys and the Scottish Clan
. The Irish Kennedy's history dates back to about 900 AD, and there did not appear to be any direct relationship between the two families. However, in the 16th century, a sept of the Scottish Kennedy Clan
did develop in Ulster
, but they are undoubtedly migrants from Scotland
, and had no previous link to the southern Irish Kennedys.
Early Origins of the Kennarday family
The surname Kennarday was first found in Ayrshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland
, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire
, where the earliest record of them dates from 1185, during the reign of King William the Lion, when a Henry Kennedy was reported to have been involved in a rebellion in Galloway
but died in battle. The Kennedys derived from a branch of Celtic Earls of Galloway
(not to be confused with Gallway, which is in Ireland). Their power and influence in that region was great. In fact, there is a rhyme handed down through clansmen and bards from the year 1300 which runs as follows: 'Twixt Wigtown
and the town of Ayr, Portpatrick and the Cruives of Cree. No man need think to bide there, unless he court with Kennedy.'
Early History of the Kennarday family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kennarday research.Another 491 words (35 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1296, 1513, 1406, 1437, 1646, 1406, 1480, 1451, 1508, 1513, 1509, 1513, 1527, 1515, 1558, 1541, 1576, 1573, 1615, 1668, 1653, 1701 and are included under the topic Early Kennarday History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kennarday Spelling Variations
The origin of rules governing the spelling of names and even words is a very recent innovation. Before that, words and names were spelled according to sound, and, therefore, often appeared under several different spelling variations
in a single document. Kennarday has been spelled Kennedy, Kannady, Kenardy, Kennaday, Kenneday, Kenneyday, Kennediem, MacKennedy, MacUalraig (Gaelic) and many more.
Early Notables of the Kennarday family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Gilbert Kennedy, 1st Lord Kennedy (c.
1406-c. 1480); John Kennedy, 2nd Lord Kennedy (1451-1508); David Kennedy, 3rd Lord Kennedy (d. 1513) (created Earl of Cassilis in 1509); David Kennedy, 1st Earl of Cassilis (d. 1513); Gilbert Kennedy, 2nd Earl of Cassilis... Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kennarday Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kennarday family to Ireland
Some of the Kennarday family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 143 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kennarday family to the New World and Oceana
The persecution faced in their homeland left many Scots with little to do but sail for the colonies of North America. There they found land, freedom, opportunity, and nations in the making. They fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence
, or traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In both cases, they made enormous contributions to the formation of those great nations. Among them: Alexander Kennedy settled in Charleston in 1763; Alexander Kennedy settled in Virginia in 1774; Angus
Kennedy settled in New York in 1775; Hector Kennedy settled in Philadelphia in 1806.
The Kennarday Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Avise la fin
Motto Translation: Consider the end.