Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Kennwithy is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the manor of Kenworthy in East Cheshire
. The surname Kennwithy 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 Kennwithy family
The surname Kennwithy was first found in Cheshire
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Kennwithy family
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Kennwithy 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. Kennwithy has been spelled many different ways, including Kenworthy, Kennworthy, Kenworthie and others.
Early Notables of the Kennwithy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kennwithy family to the New World and Oceana
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 Kennwithys to arrive in North America: 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..