Kenny, ó Cionaoith A Gaelic surname meaning descendant of Cionaodh, which personal name perhaps meant ‘fire-sprung’. A sept of the southern Uí Neill who were chiefs of the barony of Trough in Monaghan. A sept of Uí Mhaine who were followers of ó Conchobhair. Kenny was the seventy-sixth most numerous name in 1890, the estimated number of bearers was 9,600 and the surname was chiefly found in Dublin, Galway and Roscommon. In the United States it is the 1,799th most numerous surname with an estimated 19,250 bearers. Kenney is numerous in the states of Massachusetts.
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