Show ContentsKenwrick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The age-old Pictish-Scottish family name Kenwrick is derived from the personal name Henry.

Early Origins of the Kenwrick family

The surname Kenwrick was first found in Ayrshire and Fife where the intrusive "d" is common as in "Hendry." The earliest records are in the Latin form: "Henricus, dapifer, a witness c. 1183-88, and Henricus (Chen), bishop of Aberdeen, 1282-1328." [1]

Early History of the Kenwrick family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kenwrick research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1551, 1552, 1562, 1600, 1798, 1519, 1527, 1700, 1718, 1790, 1718, 1771, 1774, 1777, 1781, 1785, 1793 and are included under the topic Early Kenwrick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kenwrick Spelling Variations

In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations in names were common even among members of one family unit. Kenwrick has appeared Hendry, Hendrie, MacHendry, MacHendrick, MacKendrick and many more.

Early Notables of the Kenwrick family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Robert Henry (1718-1790), Scottish historian, son of James Henry, farmer, of Muirton, parish of St. Ninian's, Stirlingshire, and Jean Galloway, was born on 18 Feb. 1718. "The first volume of Henry's ‘History of England’ appeared in...
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Ireland Migration of the Kenwrick family to Ireland

Some of the Kenwrick family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Kenwrick family

Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland, Australia, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan societies that have sprung up throughout North America. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Kenwrick: Daniel and James Hendrie arrived in Philadelphia in 1858; Joe Hendry settled in Virginia in 1635; Thomas Hendry settled in Barbados in 1669; Robert Hendry settled in New Hampshire in 1719.


Contemporary Notables of the name Kenwrick (post 1700) +

  • Kenwrick Joseph (1952-2022), known professionally as Kenny J, a Trinidad and Tobago calypsonian and Assistant Superintendent of Police


  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)


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