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Kenwrick Coat of Arms / Kenwrick Family Crest

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This surname was a baptismal name 'the son of Kendrick or Kenwrec'. The name was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Kenricus and Kenrick. Many of the early names recorded in medieval documents denote noble families but many also indicate migration from the continent during, and in the wake of, the Norman invasion of 1066. There was a constant stream of merchants, workmen and others arriving in England during this time. In 1086 the Record of Great Inquisition of lands of England, their extent, value, ownership and liabilities was made by order of William The Conqueror. It is known as the Domesday Book. The rise of surnames, according to the accepted theory, was due to the Norman Conquest of 1066 when Old English personal-names were rapidly superseded by the new christian names introduced by the Normans. Of these, only a few were really popular and in the 12th century this scarcity of christian names led to the increasing use of surnames to distinguish the numerous individuals of the same name. Some Normans had hereditary surnames before they came to England, but there is evidence that surnames would have developed in England even had there been no Norman Conquest. The development of the feudal system made it essential that the king should know exactly what service each person owed. Payments to and by the exchequer required that debtors and creditors should be particularized, and it became official that each individual acquired exact identification. Other records of the name Hugo filius Chenwrec who was recorded in the year 1160 in Salisbury, and Ennian filius Kenewrec was recorded in 1161 in County Northumberland. Kenrig de Gretewurth appears in the year 1219, County Lancashire, and Edward Kenwrick of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Nicholas Kenewrec of County Somerset was recorded during the reign of Edward 11 (1327-1377). Later instances of the name mention Kendrick Evans of Chester who was an alderman in 1613 and John, son of Rise Kendricke was baptised at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1666. The name is also spelt as Kenwrick, Kenwrack and Kenwrick.

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