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Kenneth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: Scottish-Alt , Scottish


The Dalriadan clans of ancient Scotland spawned the ancestors of the Kenneth family. Their name comes from the personal name Coinneach. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Coinnich or Mac Choinnich, both of which mean son of Coinneach.


Early Origins of the Kenneth family


The surname Kenneth was first found in Ross, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Kenneth family


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Kenneth Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: MacKenzie, McKenzie, Kennethson, Kenneth, Kennieson, MacCoinnich (Gaelic), MacWhinnie, MacWhinny, MacWhinney and many more.

Early Notables of the Kenneth family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Kenneth family to Ireland


Some of the Kenneth family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Kenneth family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alexander McKenzie, his wife Isobel and their four children, who settled in Philadelphia in 1775; John and Mary McKenzie, who settled with two children in New York in 1738.

Contemporary Notables of the name Kenneth (post 1700)


  • John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006), Canadian-born American economist and author and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • John Kenneth McKinnon (1936-2019), Canadian politician, Commissioner of the Yukon (1986–1995)
  • Paul Kenneth Shuey (b. 1970), American former professional Major League Baseball relief pitcher who played from 1994 to 2007
  • Chester Kenneth Hendricks (1899-1966), American politician, Mayor of Banning, California, 1952-54
  • Stuart Kenneth Lupton (b. 1875), American politician, U.S. Consul in Messina, 1909; Catania, 1909; Karachi, 1909-14; Chefoo, 1919-21; Sofia, 1924-27; U.S. Consul General in Guatemala City, 1914-16; Bombay, 1916-19
  • David Kenneth McLaughlin, American Republican politician, Member of Maryland State Senate, 1950
  • John Kenneth Wetton (1949-2017), English singer, bassist, and songwriter, probably best known for his stints with King Crimson, Roxy Music/Bryan Ferry, Uriah Heep, and Wishbone Ash
  • R. Kenneth Oakley, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Cartagena, 1943; Buenos Aires, 1945-46
  • Stanley Kenneth Schellenberger (b. 1948), Canadian former politician, Member of Parliament Wetaskiwin, Alberta (1972-1988)
  • Reese Kenneth Griffiths (1938-2016), New Zealand rugby league player, member of the New Zealand National Team at the 1957 and 1960 World Cups

The Kenneth 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: Sic itur as astra
Motto Translation: Such is the way to immortality


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