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The Kennerley history begins in Cornwall, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England. Quite distinct from Devon, the adjoining county, Cornwall had its own spoken language until the late 18th century. The Kennerley history began here. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames were derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Unlike most Celtic peoples, who favored patronymic names, the Cornish predominantly used local surnames. The Kennerley family originally lived in Devon, in the parish of Kennerleigh.

Kennerley Early Origins



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

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Kennerley Spelling Variations


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Kennerley 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.

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Kennerley Early History


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Kennerley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kennerley research. Another 274 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1243, 1500, 1661, 1746, and 1798 are included under the topic Early Kennerley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kennerley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kennerley Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kennerley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Kennerley arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1878
  • H. B. Kennerley arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1878
  • Elizabeth C. Kennerley arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1878
  • Thomas Kennerley arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kennerley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kennerley (post 1700)



  • Mitchell Kennerley (1878-1950), English-born, American publisher, editor, and gallery owner
  • Paul Kennerley, English singer-songwriter, musician and record producer
  • Kevin Robert Kennerley (b. 1954), English former footballer
  • Alfred Kennerley (1810-1897), Australian politician, 10th Premier of Tasmania (1873 to 1876)
  • Kerri-Anne Kennerley (b. 1953), Australian television presenter

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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    The Kennerley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kennerley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 3 January 2015 at 17:29.

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