Kenway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Kenway family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. They lived in the parish of Kennoway in the county of Fife. The surname Kenway belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Kenway family

The surname Kenway was first found in Fife, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Kenway family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kenway research. Another 186 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1198, 1221, 1684, 1687, 1693, 1840, 1758, 1836, 1780, 1786, 1791, 1788 and 1794 are included under the topic Early Kenway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kenway Spelling Variations

In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Kenway has been spelled Kennaway, Kennoway, Kenaway, Kenneway, Kenoway and many more.

Early Notables of the Kenway family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Sir John Kennaway (1758-1836) of Exeter, soldier and diplomat. Some of the Kennaway family originated in Fife, Scotland moved to Devon in the late 17th century where Sir John Kennaway became...
Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kenway Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand Kenway 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:

Kenway Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • P. Kenway, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British King" in 1883


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