Kenworthy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Kenworthy belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in the manor of Kenworthy in East Cheshire. The surname Kenworthy 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 Kenworthy family

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

Important Dates for the Kenworthy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kenworthy research. Another 54 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1276, 1389, 1588 and 1616 are included under the topic Early Kenworthy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kenworthy 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 Kenworthy include Kenworthy, Kennworthy, Kenworthie and others.

Early Notables of the Kenworthy family (pre 1700)

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Kenworthy migration to the United States

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Kenworthy were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Kenworthy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Kenworthy, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1813
  • William Kenworthy, who landed in New York, NY in 1826 [1]
  • James Kenworthy (1844), Joseph (1847), Kennard (1854), John (1856), Charles (1864) and Mark (1868), all to Philadelphia
  • John Kenworthy, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866 [1]

Kenworthy migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kenworthy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Kenworthy, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [2]

Kenworthy 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:

Kenworthy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Kenworthy, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
  • Jane Kenworthy, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
  • Sarah Kenworthy, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
  • Ann Kenworthy, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
  • Ralph Kenworthy, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864

Contemporary Notables of the name Kenworthy (post 1700)

  • Shirra Kenworthy (b. 1943), Canadian bronze medalist figure skater at the 1963 North American Championships
  • William Jennings Kenworthy (1886-1950), American Major League Baseball second baseman who played from 1912 to 1917
  • Richard Lee "Dick" Kenworthy (1941-2010), American Major League Baseball third baseman
  • Michael Kenworthy (b. 1975), American actor
  • Samuel R. Kenworthy, American politician, Delegate to Illinois convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933 [3]
  • Paul Kenworthy, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 17th District, 1944; Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State Senate 18th District, 1946, 1948, 1950, 1952, 1954 [3]
  • Mary M. Kenworthy, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Secretary of State of Michigan, 1956; Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 12th District, 1958 [3]
  • James Kenworthy (b. 1947), American Democrat politician, Candidate for Mayor of Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1979 [3]
  • George B. Kenworthy, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State Senate 13th District, 1956 [3]
  • Frank L. Kenworthy, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1920 (alternate), 1924, 1928, 1932 [3]
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Kenworthy family

HMS Royal Oak
  • James Kenworthy (1916-1939), British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [4]

Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
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