KINNEY-L ArchivesArchiver > KINNEY > 2003-03 > 1048190123
From: "Mark Kinney" <>
Subject: RE: [KINNEY] Kinne -French Dogs?
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2003 13:55:23 -0600
"The name Kinne, had its origin in medievil France where the name was 'KEN"
or "CHEN", taken from the latin word for kennel. The family may have been
known for their breed of dogs, or for their kennels. The middle French
variation was "Chien." The family migrated to England after the Norman
While this is surely possible, there is no proof of such a migration. There
is also a location in Normandy called Caen, pronounced the same to which the
English Kinney's are credited to. The De prefix refers to a place of origin
such as a town or river. Le would refer to an occupation.
I've been told that would refer to a weapons master. Its likely these LeKen
and DeKenn families were not french as the name suggests but Norman,
Scandinavian descendants that were given Normandy to protect the french.
In the Inquisition Post Mortem volumes it lists both familys, the De Kenn
and Le Ken in the 13th century and beyond. The DeKenn family was very
wealthy also from what I recall.
I would have to dig up my research on this to verify this because I'm
running of of memory.
Then you have people spreading the rumor about the Kinney who was a soldier
in William the Conquerors famous 1066AD overthrow of the Anglo-Saxons in
England with whom he brought the 'ken' name with him. I've been told that
William did give land to a Kenn but I've never found or seen the proof.
I would also assume that after multiple centuries, the name LeKen or DeKenn
could turn into Kenney, and from there maybe Kinney from multiple dialect
differences (much like the McKenzies who turned into McKinneys while
arriving in northern Ireland and America) and names the English officials
were more familiar with. But I always assumed the whole 1066 story to be to
farfetched and to far back to prove or disprove.
If I can find my papers I'd be glad to share everything with those
God bless our soldiers and their families in this time of war.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2003 12:20 PM
Subject: KINNEY-D Digest V03 #33