Kenningham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Kenningham is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in one of the places called Kennington in Berkshire, Kent, or Surrey. The surname Kenningham belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Kenningham family

The surname Kenningham was first found in Kent, Berkshire and Surrey, where they held a family seat before the Norman Conquest. The district of Kennington in Surrey is by far the oldest places on record. "The name is said to be of Saxon origin, there having been a royal palace here prior to the Conquest, whence the appellation Cynington, from the Saxon Cyning, a king. Kennington is distinguished in history as the scene of the banquet, or marriage festival of a Danish nobleman, at which Hardicanute, the son of Canute the Great, became the victim of his own intemperance, or, according to some writers, was poisoned." [1]

Early History of the Kenningham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kenningham research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1086, 1222, 1273, 1273, 1369 and 1795 are included under the topic Early Kenningham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kenningham Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Kenningham has been spelled many different ways, including Kennington, Kenington, Keninton, Kenyngeton and many more.

Early Notables of the Kenningham family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Kenningham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Kenningham family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Kenninghams to arrive in North America: John Kennington, who sailed to Pennsylvania in 1777 and Andrew and Catherine Kenning, who settled in Mobile, Alabama in 1832.



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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