Kensington History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Anglo-Saxon name Kensington comes from when the family resided in one of the places called Kennington in Berkshire, Kent, or Surrey. The surname Kensington 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 Kensington family

The surname Kensington was first found in Kent, Berkshire and Surrey, where they held a family seat before the Norman Conquest. The district of Kennington in Surrey is by far the oldest places on record. "The name is said to be of Saxon origin, there having been a royal palace here prior to the Conquest, whence the appellation Cynington, from the Saxon Cyning, a king. Kennington is distinguished in history as the scene of the banquet, or marriage festival of a Danish nobleman, at which Hardicanute, the son of Canute the Great, became the victim of his own intemperance, or, according to some writers, was poisoned." [1]

Important Dates for the Kensington family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kensington research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1086, 1222, 1273, 1273, 1369 and 1795 are included under the topic Early Kensington History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kensington 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. Kensington has been recorded under many different variations, including Kennington, Kenington, Keninton, Kenyngeton and many more.

Early Notables of the Kensington family (pre 1700)

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Kensington migration to the United States

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 Kensington or a variant listed above:

Kensington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Kensington, aged 36, originally from L'pool, who arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Teutonic" from Liverpool, England [2]
  • Miss Kensington, aged 23, who arrived in New York in 1896 aboard the ship "Campania" from Liverpool, England [3]
Kensington Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Charles Kensington, aged 30, originally from Sheppertor, England, who arrived in New York in 1905 aboard the ship "Saint Louis" from Southampton, England [4]

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6YF-F2R : 6 December 2014), Mrs. Kensington, 15 Nov 1893; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Teutonic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXQF-ZXS : 6 December 2014), Miss Kensington, 18 Apr 1896; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Campania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFWN-2PJ : 6 December 2014), Charles Kensington, 09 Sep 1905; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Saint Louis, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
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