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The Kenney surname in Ireland comes from the Gaelic O Coinnigh, which was an old Irish first name, made popular by a 6th century monk of the name, whose "church of Coinneach" became the name of the town Kilkenny.

Kenney Early Origins



The surname Kenney was first found in counties Galway and Roscommon (Irish: Ros Comáin) located in central Ireland in the province of Connacht.

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Kenney Spelling Variations


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Kenney Spelling Variations



Before widespread literacy came to Ireland, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Kenney family name. Variations found include Kenny, O'Kenny, Kenney, Kennie and others.

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Kenney Early History


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Kenney Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kenney research. Another 211 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kenney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kenney Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kenney Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kenney 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



Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Kenney:

Kenney Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Roger Kenney, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • Richard Kenney, who arrived in New Hampshire in 1680

Kenney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Daniel Kenney, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1763
  • Brice Kenney, who arrived in Delaware in 1775

Kenney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Kenney, aged 39, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Peter Kenney, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Catherine Kenney, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Alice Kenney, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • John Kenney, who arrived in New York in 1818
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kenney Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Ms. Kenney Sarah U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 smember of the Penobscot Association [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Kenney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Hiram Kenney, who arrived in Canada in 1841

Kenney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Kenney, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  • Michael Kenney arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846
  • Michael Kenney arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Bruce" in 1846
  • George Kenney, aged 18, a herdsman, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Burlington"
  • Mary Kenney, aged 18, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kenney (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kenney (post 1700)



  • H Wesley Kenney, American producer and director
  • Padraic Jeremiah Kenney, American professor of history at Indiana University
  • General George Churchill Kenney (1889-1977), American general in U.S. Air Force, commander of the Allied Air Forces in the Southwest Pacific in WWII
  • Douglas Kenney (b. 1947), American humorist, writer, who co-founded "National Lampoon" magazine in 1969
  • Richard Rolland Kenney (1856-1931), American lawyer and politician
  • Edward Kenney Jr. (b. 1933), American singer and actor

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Kenney Historic Events


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Kenney Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Arthur Henry Lawrence Kenney (1903-1941), Australian Chief Petty Officer from Parkside, South Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mrs. Margaret Kenney, Irish 2nd Class passenger residing in Charlestown, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Miss Mary Bridget Kenney, Irish 2nd Class passenger residing in Charlestown, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Kenney


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Suggested Readings for the name Kenney



  • By the Name of Kinne by Basil E. Kinney.

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Motto


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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: Teneat luceat floreat
Motto Translation: May it hold an shine.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834

Other References

  1. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  2. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. 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).
  8. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  11. ...

The Kenney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kenney 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.

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