Kenworthay is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in the manor of Kenworthy in East Cheshire
. The surname Kenworthay 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 Kenworthay family
The surname Kenworthay was first found in Cheshire
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Kenworthay family
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Kenworthay Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Kenworthay family name include Kenworthy, Kennworthy, Kenworthie and others.
Early Notables of the Kenworthay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kenworthay family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Kenworthay surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John Kenworthy, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1813. Among those to follow this first settler were, James Kenworthy (1844), Joseph (1847), Kennard (1854), John (1856), Charles (1864) and Mark (1868), all to Philadelphia..