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Kenny Family History

Kenny Name Meaning

Irish and Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Coinnigh ‘descendant of Coinneach’, an Old Irish personal name equivalent to Scottish Kenneth. This was borne by a 6th-century monk and saint who gave his name to the town of Kilkenny ‘church of Coinneach’. Irish: possibly an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Cionaodha ‘descendant of Cionaodh’, a personal name of unexplained etymology.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Denny, Benn, Senna, Jenny, Keary, Keena, Kenna, Kinne, Tenny, Senne

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Where is the Kenny family from?

You can see how Kenny families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kenny family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kenny families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 481 Kenny families living in Ontario. This was about 52% of all the recorded Kenny's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Kenny families in 1911.
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What did your Kenny ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Kenny. 42% of Kenny men worked as a Farmer and 21% of Kenny women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kenny were Farmers Son and Student.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    42%
  • Labourer
    11%
  • Laborer
    6%
  • Farmers Son
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
    21%
  • Housekeeper
    15%
  • Income
    9%
  • Student
    9%
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Census Records

There are 238,000 census records available for the last name Kenny. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kenny census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 56,000 immigration records available for the last name Kenny. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 33,000 military records available for the last name Kenny. For the veterans among your Kenny ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kenny lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Kenny life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Kenny in 1942 was 30, and 76 in 2004.

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