A family in the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland
was the first to use the name Kenneway. They lived in the parish of Kennoway in the county of Fife
. The surname Kenneway belongs to the category of habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Kenneway family
The surname Kenneway was first found in Fife
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Kenneway family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kenneway research.Another 230 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1198, 1221, 1684, 1687, 1693, 1840, 1758, 1836, 1780, 1786, 1791, 1788 and 1794 are included under the topic Early Kenneway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kenneway Spelling Variations
In medieval Scotland
, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations
were the result. Over the years, the name Kenneway has been spelled Kennaway, Kennoway, Kenaway, Kenneway, Kenoway and many more.
Early Notables of the Kenneway family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
at this time was Sir John Kennaway (1758-1836) of Exeter
, soldier and diplomat. Some of the Kennaway family originated in Fife, Scotland
moved to Devon
in the late 17th century where Sir John Kennaway became... Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kenneway Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kenneway family to Ireland
Some of the Kenneway family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 77 words (6 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 Kenneway family to the New World and Oceana
In such difficult times, Ireland
, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan
societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Kenneway: members of the family who migrated to the New World and contributed to the development of North American society.