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In Scottish history, few names go farther back than Kinway, whose ancestors lived among the clans of the Pictish tribe. They lived in the parish of Kennoway in the county of Fife. The surname Kinway belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Kinway family


The surname Kinway was first found in Fife, where they held a family seat from very early times.

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Early History of the Kinway family

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Early History of the Kinway family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kinway research.
Another 230 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1198, 1221, 1684, 1687, 1693, 1840, 1758, 1836, 1780, 1786, 1791, 1788 and 1794 are included under the topic Early Kinway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kinway Spelling Variations

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Kinway Spelling Variations


The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Kinway has been spelled Kennaway, Kennoway, Kenaway, Kenneway, Kenoway and many more.

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Early Notables of the Kinway family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Kinway family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Sir John Kennaway (1758-1836) of Exeter, soldier and diplomat. Some of the Kennaway family originated in Fife, Scotland moved to Devon in the late 17th century where Sir John Kennaway became...
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Migration of the Kinway family to Ireland

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Migration of the Kinway family to Ireland


Some of the Kinway family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 77 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Migration of the Kinway family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Kinway family to the New World and Oceana


This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Kinway: members of the family who migrated to the New World and contributed to the development of North American society.

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