Kenyon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Kenyon is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Kenyon family once lived in the township of Kenyon found in the parish of Winwick in the county of Lancashire.

Early Origins of the Kenyon family

The surname Kenyon was first found in Lancashire where Lord Kenyon's family are descended from the Kenyons of Peele and their surname is doubtless derived from the township of Kenyon in that shire. [1] "Early mention is made of a family of the local name, and also of the Lauton family, of whom Jordan de Lauton, in the reign of Edward I., assumed the name of Kenyon. Kenyon Hall, the original residence of the Kenyons, was rebuilt in the 17th century, and is the property of the earl [of Wilton]. " [2]

Lowton in Lancashire "gave name to a family who subsequently adopted the surname of Kenyon from their possessions in a neighbouring township." [2]

Important Dates for the Kenyon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kenyon research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1812, 1869 and 1848 are included under the topic Early Kenyon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kenyon Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Kenyon family name include Kenyon, Kenion, Kennion and others.

Early Notables of the Kenyon family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Kenyon family to Ireland

Some of the Kenyon 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.

Kenyon migration to the United States

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Kenyon surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Kenyon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Kenyon, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1795
Kenyon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Kenyon, who arrived in New York, NY in 1834 [3]
  • William Kenyon, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1835 [3]
  • B Kenyon, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]
  • W J Kenyon, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]
  • Lewis Kenyon, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kenyon migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kenyon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Michael Kenyon, aged 12 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Avon" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [4]

Kenyon migration to Australia

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

Kenyon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Kenyon, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • John Kenyon, aged 25, a cloth dresser, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Brankenmoor" [6]
  • John Kenyon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Branken Moor" in 1849 [6]

Kenyon 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:

Kenyon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • E.P. Kenyon, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Egmont" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th June 1858 [7]
  • Mary Kenyon, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Eagle" in 1861
  • Rose Kenyon, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Eagle" in 1861
  • Miss Mary Kenyon, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Black Eagle" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th November 1861 [7]
  • Miss Rose Kenyon, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Black Eagle" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th November 1861 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kenyon (post 1700)

  • Jane Kenyon (1947-1955), American poet and translator
  • William Squire Kenyon (1869-1933), U.S. Senator from Iowa, co-author of the Webb-Kenyon Act (1913) which prohibited the shipment of intoxicating beverages in interstate commerce
  • Dorothy Kenyon (1888-1972), American lawyer, judge, feminist and political activist
  • Charles H. Kenyon, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Groton, 1915-16 [8]
  • Charles E. Kenyon, American politician, Mayor of Somerville, New Jersey [8]
  • Charles C. Kenyon, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for New Jersey, 1912; Chair of Somerset County Progressive Party, 1914 [8]
  • Charles Kenyon, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Niagara County 1st District, 1920 [8]
  • Mrs. Cecil C. Kenyon, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1956 (alternate), 1960, 1964 [8]
  • Benn Kenyon, American Republican politician, Cayuga County District Attorney; Justice of New York Supreme Court 7th District, 1933-43; Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 42nd District, 1938 [8]
  • Alpheus B. Kenyon, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for New York State Engineer and Surveyor, 1889 [8]
  • ... (Another 28 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Kenyon family

HMS Cornwall
  • Graeme Alexander Bruce Kenyon (d. 1942), British Able Seaman aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [9]
RMS Titanic
  • Mrs. Marion Kenyon, (née Stauffer), aged 31, American First Class passenger from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 8 [10]
  • Mr. Frederick R. Kenyon (d. 1912), aged 41, American First Class passenger from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [10]

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Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 38)
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The BRANKEN MOOR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849BrankenMoor.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A
  10. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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