The ancient roots of the Kennington family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Kennington comes from when the family lived in one of the places called Kennington in Berkshire, Kent
, or Surrey
. The surname Kennington 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 Kennington family
The surname Kennington 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Kennington family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kennington research.Another 220 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1086, 1222, 1273, 1273, 1369 and 1795 are included under the topic Early Kennington History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kennington Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Kennington has appeared include Kennington, Kenington, Keninton, Kenyngeton and many more.
Early Notables of the Kennington family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kennington family to Ireland
Some of the Kennington family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 78 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 Kennington family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Kennington arrived in North America very early:
Kennington Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Kennington, who sailed to Pennsylvania in 1777
- John Kennington, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1777 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Kennington (post 1700)
- Dale Kennington (b. 1935), American contemporary artist from Savannah, Georgia
- Thomas Benjamin Kennington (1856-1916), English genre, social realist and portrait painter, father of Eric Kennington
- Eric Henri Kennington RA (1888-1960), English sculptor, artist and illustrator, an official war artist in World War I and II
- D. J. Kennington (b. 1977), Canadian stock car racing driver, winner of the 2010 and 2012 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
- Gilbert Alan Kennington (1906-1986), prominent British educator and author of novels and plays