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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 that later came to be treated as 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’. Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Cionaodha ‘descendant of Cionaodh’ a personal name of unexplained etymology likewise Anglicized as Kenneth .

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 USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 25 Kenny families living in Massachusetts. This was about 12% of all the recorded Kenny's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Kenny families in 1840.
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What did your Kenny ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Kenny. 14% of Kenny men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Kenny women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kenny were Clerk and Maid. .

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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 1940

  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Farmer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Teacher
  • Maid
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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 the USA, 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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