Kenny History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Kenny surname in Ireland comes from the Gaelic O Coinnigh, which was an old Irish first name, made popular by a 6th century monk of the name, whose "church of Coinneach" became the name of the town Kilkenny.

Early Origins of the Kenny family

The surname Kenny was first found in counties Galway and Roscommon (Irish: Ros Comáin) located in central Ireland in the province of Connacht.

Important Dates for the Kenny family

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Kenny Spelling Variations

Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Kenny family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Kenny, O'Kenny, Kenney, Kennie and others.

Early Notables of the Kenny family (pre 1700)

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Kenny migration to the United States

During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Kenny family in North America:

Kenny Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edmund Kenny, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Richard Kenny, who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Richard Kenny, who landed in Virginia in 1637 [1]
  • Edmund Kenny, who arrived in Virginia in 1655 [1]
Kenny Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Dennis Kenny, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1736 [1]
  • John Kenny, who settled in Virginia in 1771
Kenny Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary Kenny, aged 36, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804 [1]
  • Alexander Kenny, who landed in New Jersey in 1811 [1]
  • David Kenny, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [1]
  • Margaret Kenny, who landed in New York, NY in 1817 [1]
  • Ellen Kenny, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kenny migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kenny Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Kenny William U.E. who settled in Parr Town [Saint John], New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
Kenny Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Kenny, who arrived in Canada in 1812
  • Hugh Kenny, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1820
  • Sally Kenny, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1822
  • Michael Kenny, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1824
  • Patrick Kenny, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kenny migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kenny Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Catherine Kenny, aged 23, a domestic servant, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836 [3]
  • Michael Kenny, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846 [4]
  • Michael Kenny, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Bruce" in 1846 [5]
  • Mary Kenny, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Inconstant" in 1849 [6]
  • Elizabeth Kenny, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Stebonheath" in 1849 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kenny migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Kenny Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Kenny, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mjr. William Henry Kenny, British settler arriving as the 1st detachment of Royal New Zealand Fencible Corps travelling from Tilbury, Essex aboard the ship "Ramillies" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 6th August 1847 [8]
  • Mr. John Kenny, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Bernica" en route to Otago via passenger disembarked at Nelson, South Island, New Zealand in December 1848 [9]
  • Mrs. Mary Kenny, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Bernica" en route to Otago via passenger disembarked at Nelson, South Island, New Zealand in December 1848 [9]
  • Mr. John Kenny, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Bernica" en route to Otago via passenger disembarked at Nelson, South Island, New Zealand in December 1848 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Kenny (post 1700)

  • Maurice Frank Kenny (1929-2016), American Mohawk poet
  • Nicholas Aloysius "Nick" Kenny (1895-1975), American syndicated newspaper columnist and poet
  • Maurice Kenny (b. 1929), American author
  • Christopher Patrick Kenny ONZM (1938-2016), Irish-born, New Zealand boxing coach to the Commonwealth and Olympics Games New Zealand teams
  • Enda Kenny (b. 1951), Irish Fine Gael politician
  • Dr. Colin Kenny B.E.M.,, British recipient of the British Empire Medal on 8th June 2018, for services to Diabetes Care in Northern Ireland [10]
  • William Stopford Kenny (1788-1867), English compiler of educational works from Fitzroy Square, London
  • General Sir Brian Leslie Graham Kenny GCB, CBE (1934-2017), British Army officer, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (1990-1993)
  • Douglas Kenny (1924-1996), Canadian psychologist, head of the Department of Psychology, and later, President of the University of British Columbia (1975-1983)
  • Clayton Orten Kenny (1928-2015), Canadian boxer at the 1952 Summer Olympics
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Kenny family

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. John P Kenny, British Leading Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [11]
  • Mr. Edward J Kenny, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [11]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Ronald J. Kenny, British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [12]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. James Kenny, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [13]
  • Miss Agnes Kenny, English 3rd Class passenger from England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [13]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS BUFFALO 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Buffalo.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABBERTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Abberton.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY BRUCE 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846LadyBruce.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The INCONSTANT the Voyage - 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Inconstant.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STEBONHEATH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Stebonheath.htm
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 31 October 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1
  11. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  12. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  13. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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