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Kenneson Coat of Arms / Kenneson Family Crest

This surname of KENNESON was a locational name 'of Kynaston' a small place in Shropshire. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. The name appeared in England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. The names introduced into Britain by the Normans during and in the wake of the Invasion of 1066, are nearly all territorial in origin. The followers of William the Conqueror were a pretty mixed lot, and while some of them brought the names of their castles and villages in Normandy with them, many were adventurers of different nationalities attached to William's standard by the hope of plunder, and possessing no family or territorial names of their own. Those of them who acquired lands in England were called by their manors, while others took the name of the offices they held or the military titles given to them, and sometimes, a younger son of a Norman landowner, on receiving a grant of land in his new home dropped his paternal name and adopted that of his newly acquired property. Early records of the name mention Edward de Kynestan, County Nottingham, who was documented during the reign of Edward I (1279-1307). Francis Kennystone was buried at St. Michael, Cornhill, London in the year 1592. Marmaduke Dollman and Margaret Kennaston were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1641. The name has many variant spellings which include Kenniston, Kennison and Kynaston. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. The eagle depicted in the crest is emblematical of fortitude and magnanimity of mind. The Romans used the figure of an eagle for their ensign, and their example has been often followed. It is the device of Russia, Austria, Germany and the United States of America.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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