The surname ‘Kenney’ originates from Scotland. It is a variant of the name ‘Kenny’, derived from the Anglicised Gaelic form of the personal name ‘Cionaodha’, of uncertain origin, perhaps composed of the elements ‘cion’ meaning respect, affection and ‘Aodh’, the name of a pagan god of fire. The personal name thus probably means ‘beloved of Aodh’, but has also been interpreted as ‘ardent love’. In Irish it is a Anglicized form of Gaelic ‘O’Coinnigh’ meaning ‘descendant of Coinneach’ from the Old Irish personal name borne, for example, by the sixth century monk and saint who gave his name to the town of Kilkenny meaning ‘Church of Coinneach’. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Kenney’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the thirteenth century were a ‘Walter le Kenn’, from the county of Oxfordshire, England, is recorded on the Hundred Rolls in 1273. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definitely determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that one of the first settlers was a certain ‘Richard Kenny’, aged 16, a husbandman by trade, from… Coat of arms: Per pale or and azure…
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