Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the manor of Kenworthy in East Cheshire. The surname Kennworthe 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 Kennworthe family
Cheshire, where they held a family seat from very early times.
Early History of the Kennworthe family
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Kennworthe Spelling Variations
hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Kennworthe have been found, including Kenworthy, Kennworthy, Kenworthie and others.
Early Notables of the Kennworthe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kennworthe family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Kennworthes to arrive on North American shores: 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..
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