Kennett Genealogy (South Kent)

Welcome to the Kennett Family Tree.

This tree details the Kennett family which originated in (or near) Canterbury and spread to the south of Kent, to the sea ports along the south coast of the U.K. - Deal, Folkstone & Dover. The tree starts with John Kennett born 1520 in St.Georges, Canterbury (it is not clear if this is in the city of Canterbury or the wider area of the 'See of Canterbury').

With many of this family being based in sea-faring ports, it was inevitable that some of them, and their relations, sailed away to more distant parts - including Cornwall, Ireland and Australia.

The origin of the surname Kennett is thought to have originated from the name of a Cambridgeshire village or the River Kennet in Wiltshire and the East and West Kennett villages either side of it. However, the present-day Norman form of the name Kennett, is Quenet (or Quenot) and this was thought to have been the original name of these villages. If this is the case, the name may have come to England with the Norman conquest. Another thought is that as the biggest population of Kennett's in the UK lived in Kent, it could also be a derivation of the name of the county of Kent.

There are two trees devoted to the Kennett's - those mostly living in the north of Kent and those mostly residing in the south of Kent. These two trees are connected via several marriages in later years, and it is hoped eventually to find a common source for them both, although it is known that there is a marriage between distant relations at a later date.

With nearly 12,000 individuals in my family tree it has become unmanageable for a single web site. Therefore it has been split into a number of smaller sites based on major family groups. This means that inevitably there is some overlapping of surnames.

The names that interest you may also be found in any of these sub-trees, so it's probably it's worth checking Index pages -

Sumner     Kennett (North Kent)     Kennett (South Kent)     Bruton      Heath    Few

Oram    Stump    Sherring    Seymour (Dukes of Somerset)     Gum     Shurmer     Hawker