name Kennworthay comes from when the family resided in the manor of Kenworthy in East Cheshire
. The surname Kennworthay 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 Kennworthay family
The surname Kennworthay was first found in Cheshire
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Kennworthay family
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Kennworthay Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Kennworthay has been recorded under many different variations, including Kenworthy, Kennworthy, Kenworthie and others.
Early Notables of the Kennworthay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kennworthay family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Kennworthay 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..