Kenwryke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Kenwryke reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Kenwryke family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Kenwryke is based on the given name Kendrick.

Early Origins of the Kenwryke family

The surname Kenwryke was first found in Denbighshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Nantclwyd Woore. The name appears as Kenricus and Kenric in the Domesday Book in 1086. "The family of Kenrick of Nantclwyd Woore, co Denbigh, claim from David Kenrick who fought under the Black Prince at Creci and Poictiers." [1]

Important Dates for the Kenwryke family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kenwryke research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1699 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Kenwryke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kenwryke Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Kenwryke are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Kenwryke include Kenrick, Kenric, Kennrick and others.

Early Notables of the Kenwryke family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Kenwryke family to Ireland

Some of the Kenwryke family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Kenwryke family

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Kenwryke, or a variant listed above: E. Kenrick who settled in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1823; John Kenrick settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1796.

Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
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