Kenny Family History

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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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Kenny Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Kenny name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Kenny. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Kenny Family Origin

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Kenny Family Occupations

What did your Kenny ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Kenny occupation in the USA was Laborer. 16% of Kenny's were Laborers. A less common occupation for the Kenny family was Carpenter. Laborer, Farmer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kenny.

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  • Laborer

  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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Kenny Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Kenny Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kenny ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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