The chronicles of the Kennewi family reach back into Scottish history to an ancient tribe known as the Picts
. The ancestors of the Kennewi family lived in the parish of Kennoway in the county of Fife
. The surname Kennewi belongs to the category of habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Kennewi family
The surname Kennewi was first found in Fife
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Kennewi family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kennewi 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 Kennewi History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kennewi Spelling Variations
When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred
years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations
every time they were written. Kennewi has been written Kennaway, Kennoway, Kenaway, Kenneway, Kenoway and many more.
Early Notables of the Kennewi 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 Kennewi Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kennewi family to Ireland
Some of the Kennewi 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 Kennewi family to the New World and Oceana
The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence
. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan
societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Kennewi: members of the family who migrated to the New World and contributed to the development of North American society.