The name Kenrake was carried to England
in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It comes from the given name Kendrick.
Early Origins of the Kenrake family
The surname Kenrake was first found in Denbighshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Nantclwyd Woore. The name appears as Kenricus and Kenric in the Domesday Book
in 1086. "The family of Kenrick of Nantclwyd Woore, co Denbigh, claim from David Kenrick who fought under the Black Prince at Creci and Poictiers." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Kenrake family
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Kenrake Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Kenrick, Kenric, Kennrick and others.
Early Notables of the Kenrake family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kenrake family to Ireland
Some of the Kenrake family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Kenrake family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Kenrake or a variant listed above were: E. Kenrick who settled in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1823; John Kenrick settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1796.