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Kennis Early Origins



The surname Kennis was first found in Lothian where they held a family seat on the English/Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient no-man's land. Notable families such as the Percy, the Umfravilles and the Nevilles gathered many supporting clans around them. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. In that century, many of those clans drove their herds south, and they settled in Yorkshire and Lancashire. The name was first recorded as part of the Gun Clan which settled on the border in 1346 having broken away from the main Clan when Cheiftain Will 'the Crowner' Gunn acquired lands here.

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Kennis Early History


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Kennis Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kennis research. Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1278, 1634, 1663, and 1676 are included under the topic Early Kennis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kennis Spelling Variations


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Kennis Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Gunnison, Gunneson, Kenneson, Kenniston, Kennison, Kennerson, Gunnerson, Kenson and many more.

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Kennis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kennis Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kennis 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands(see above)..

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