The name Kennwithey is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in the manor of Kenworthy in East Cheshire
. The surname Kennwithey 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 Kennwithey family
The surname Kennwithey was first found in Cheshire
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Kennwithey family
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Kennwithey Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Kennwithey are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Kennwithey include: Kenworthy, Kennworthy, Kenworthie and others.
Early Notables of the Kennwithey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kennwithey family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Kennwithey or a variant listed above: John Kenworthy, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1813. Among those to follow this first settler were, James Kenworthy (1844), Joseph (1847), Kennard (1854), John (1856), Charles (1864) and Mark (1868), all to Philadelphia..