The ancestors of the bearers of the Kernabay family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in the region of Carnaby
a parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Kernabay family
The surname Kernabay was first found in Northumberland
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Kernabay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kernabay research.Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1552, 1407, 1404, 1541, 1595, 1645, 1624, 1628, 1629, 1640, 1640 and 1642 are included under the topic Early Kernabay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kernabay Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Kernabay include Carnaby, Carnabey and others.
Early Notables of the Kernabay family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir William Carnaby (died 1407), English politician, Member of Parliament for Northumberland
in 1404; Leonard Cornaby, High Sheriff
of Northumberland... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kernabay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kernabay family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Kernabay or a variant listed above: Elizabeth Carnaby who settled in Virginia in 1741.