Kenyngton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Kenyngton comes from the family having resided in one of the places called Kennington in Berkshire, Kent, or Surrey. The surname Kenyngton 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 Kenyngton family

The surname Kenyngton 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 Kenyngton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kenyngton 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 Kenyngton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kenyngton Spelling Variations

Kenyngton has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Kennington, Kenington, Keninton, Kenyngeton and many more.

Early Notables of the Kenyngton family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Kenyngton family

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Kenyngtons to arrive on North American shores: 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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