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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.
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.
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.  "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]. " 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kenyon research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kenyon History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Kenyon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Kenyon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 47 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
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 arrived in Philadelphia in 1795
Kenyon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Kenyon, who arrived in New York, NY in 1834
- William Kenyon, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1835
- B Kenyon, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
- W J Kenyon, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
- Lewis Kenyon, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
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
- John Kenyon, aged 25, a cloth dresser, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Brankenmoor"
- John Kenyon arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Branken Moor" in 1849
Kenyon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mary Kenyon arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Eagle" in 1861
- Rose Kenyon arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Eagle" in 1861
- Winfield S. Kenyon, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Woodstock
- William Squire Kenyon (1869-1933), American Republican politician, District judge in Iowa 11th District, 1900-02; U.S. Senator from Iowa, 1911-22; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1916; Federal Judge, 1922
- William Scheuneman Kenyon (1820-1896), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from New York 11th District, 1859-61; Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1872, 1876
- William R. Kenyon, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 16th District, 1868
- William H. Kenyon, American politician, First Selectman of Plainfield, Connecticut, 1896-97
- William A. Kenyon, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1930-31 (acting, 1930-31)
- Walter S. Kenyon, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1908
- W. W. Kenyon, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Howell, Michigan, 1871
- W. C. Kenyon, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1916
- Vincent Kenyon, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Cayuga County, 1842-43
- They Came to Find Their Dreams in Adams, New York by David A. Sinclair.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Magnanimiter crucem sustine
Motto Translation: Sustain the cross (i.e. support afflictions) with magnanimity.
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The Kenyon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kenyon Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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