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Kenwie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The saga of the Kenwie family begins among the people of the ancient tribe of the Picts. They lived in the parish of Kennoway in the county of Fife. The surname Kenwie belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Kenwie family


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

Early History of the Kenwie family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kenwie research.
Another 230 words (16 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 Kenwie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kenwie Spelling Variations


Although Medieval Scotland lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations of Scottish single names. Kenwie has been written Kennaway, Kennoway, Kenaway, Kenneway, Kenoway and many more.

Early Notables of the Kenwie 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...
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Migration of the Kenwie family to Ireland


Some of the Kenwie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 77 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Kenwie family to the New World and Oceana


Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland or Australia, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence. This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through Clan societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name Kenwie: members of the family who migrated to the New World and contributed to the development of North American society.

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