Kenyngeton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Kenyngeton name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in one of the places called Kennington in Berkshire, Kent, or Surrey. The surname Kenyngeton 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 Kenyngeton family

The surname Kenyngeton was first found in Kent, Berkshire and Surrey, where they held a family seat before the Norman Conquest. The district of Kennington in Surrey is by far the oldest places on record. "The name is said to be of Saxon origin, there having been a royal palace here prior to the Conquest, whence the appellation Cynington, from the Saxon Cyning, a king. Kennington is distinguished in history as the scene of the banquet, or marriage festival of a Danish nobleman, at which Hardicanute, the son of Canute the Great, became the victim of his own intemperance, or, according to some writers, was poisoned." [1]

Early History of the Kenyngeton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kenyngeton research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1086, 1222, 1273, 1273, 1369 and 1795 are included under the topic Early Kenyngeton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kenyngeton Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Kenyngeton has undergone many spelling variations, including Kennington, Kenington, Keninton, Kenyngeton and many more.

Early Notables of the Kenyngeton family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Kenyngeton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Kenyngeton family

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Kenyngeton were among those contributors: John Kennington, who sailed to Pennsylvania in 1777 and Andrew and Catherine Kenning, who settled in Mobile, Alabama in 1832.



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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