Kennen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Kennen is O Cianain.

Early Origins of the Kennen family

The surname Kennen was first found in County Fermanagh (Irish: Fear Manach) in the southwestern part of Northern Ireland, Province of Ulster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the Kennen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kennen research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1600 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Kennen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kennen Spelling Variations

Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Kennen revealed many variations, including Keenan, O'Keenan and others.

Early Notables of the Kennen family (pre 1700)

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

Kennen migration to the United States

To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Kennen or a variant listed above, including:

Kennen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh Kennen, aged 3, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [1]
  • Donald Kennen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kennen (post 1700)

  • John D. Van Kennen, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 34th District, 1932; Chair of St. Lawrence County Democratic Party, 1940-55 [2]
  • George E. Van Kennen (b. 1861), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1904; Mayor of Ogdensburg, New York, 1911 [2]

Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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