Kenyon is a surname of English origin. It is said to be Celtic for "Blonde", among other meanings, however, the origins of the name are fairly well known. The name first appears in English heraldry in the late thirteenth century when Jordan de Kenyon first took the name of the small vill he inheritted from his father. The name appears in court records as early as 1300, but is believed to have been in use as early as 1256. Kenyon is located west of Manchester and is within the Borough of Warrington, until recently in Cheshire. The location of Kenyon Hall is near the parish of Winwick and is currently used as a vegetable farm.

According to family documents that once belonged to Lord Kenyon, Baron of Gedington, the Kenyon name is one of the oldest in England. Descendents of the family are believed to come from Saxon invaders of the mid-fifth century who were rewarded with land for assisting in the Saxon invasion of what is now Lancashire.

The first known Kenyon in America was "old John" Kenyon who is believed to have arrived in Rhode Island in 1684. He most likely arrived in the new world with his brother James.

There are many wives tales regarding the meaning of the name. Some say it is Welsch for "rabbit" among other theories. The name as it is used by the family, however, is derived from a place.

* Baron Kenyon, barony since 1788, baronetcy since 1784
* Carol Kenyon
* Daisyd Kenyon
* Dean H. Kenyon, professor at SFSU
* Don Kenyon
* Dorothy Kenyon
* E. W. Kenyon, evangelist and president of a Bible Institute
* Frederic G. Kenyon, biblical scholar
* Herbert Hollick-Kenyon, aircraft pilot in Antarctica
* James Kenyon, English pioneer of cinematography
* Jane Kenyon, American poet and translator
* John Robert Kenyon, British legal academic
* John Samuel Kenyon, American phonetician
* Kathleen Kenyon, British archaeologist of Neolithic culture
* Kenyon & Kenyon, American law firm specializing in intellectual property
* Leigh Kenyon
* Lloyd Kenyon, 1st Baron Kenyon
* Mel Kenyon, American racing driver
* Nicholas Kenyon
* Peter Kenyon, chief executive of Chelsea Football Club
* Sandy Kenyon
* Sherrilyn Kenyon, American writer of pulp fiction novels
* Tom Kenyon
* William S. Kenyon, United States Senator of Iowa
* William Kenyon-Slaney

Kenyon can also refer to:

*Kenyon Martin, professional basketball player for the NBA's Denver Nuggets
*Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio
*Kenyon Review, American literary journal
*The city of Kenyon, Minnesota
*Kenyon and Knott, a pronunciation dictionary of American English
*Kenyon Hopkins, composer

ee also

* Kinyon
* Carole A. Kenyon, grandmother of David M. Sadowsky

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