The present generation of the Kenward family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in the settlement of Kenwood in Kenton in the county of Devon
. The surname Kenward 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 Kenward family
The surname Kenward was first found in Gloucestershire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Kenward family
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Kenward Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Kenward include Kenwood, Kentwood, Kenward, Kentward, Kenswood and others.
Early Notables of the Kenward family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kenward family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Kenward Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- J. Kenward, who was on record in Ontario in 1816
Contemporary Notables of the name Kenward (post 1700)
- Richard Kenward (1875-1957), English cricketer
- James Kenward (1908-1994), English author and illustrator
- Harry Kenward, researcher and professor of archeology at the University of York, England
- Shane Kenward (b. 1972), Australian professional rugby league footballer