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The KENNEY surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 27,189 1184 0.010 101
United States (1880 census) 8,865 676 0.018 177
Change since 1880 +18324 -508 -0.008 -76
Other Countries
Australia 553 2924 0.003 34
United Kingdom 1,688 3398 0.004 37

'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Classification and Origin of KENNEY

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the KENNEY surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the KENNEY surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of KENNEY in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 378 1.39
White (Hispanic) 364 1.34
Asian/Pacific 133 0.49
Native American/Alaskan 73 0.27
White (Caucasian) 24,217 89.07
Black/African American 2,026 7.45

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the KENNEY surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of KENNEY in historical publications

KENNEY. The Kenneys, who settled in Ireland temp. Edw. IV. A.D. 1472, were of high antiquity in Somersetsliire, deriving their name from Kenue in that county. So early as 12 Henry II., John de Kenne held two knight's fees in Kenue. The name has been variously spelt Kenne, Kenei, Kenny, and Kenney. B.L.G. (Kenny of Kilclogher.) But another family-, Kenny of Balliurobe, claim to be of Huguenot extraction, and to have gone from France into Ireland about the year 16G0.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to KENNEY

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as KENNEY.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for KENNEY

The following words are slight variants of KENNEY that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.