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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, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1878
  • H. B. Kennerley, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1878
  • Elizabeth C. Kennerley, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1878
  • Thomas Kennerley, who 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. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. 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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