Jon Kinyon




Saxons & the Legend of the Bleeding Wolf

de Lauton Coat of Arms


My paternal family line dates back to Saxon invaders of the mid-fifth century who were rewarded with land for assisting in the Saxon invasion of what is now Lancashire, England.

The Kenyon (Kinyon) name is of ancient British/Welsh origin. It is a locational surname deriving from the place called Kenyon in the parish of Winwick, near Warrington, Lancashire, recorded in the Book of Fees for the county in 1212 as "Kenien".

The name is believed to be a cognate with the popular Welsh name "Einion", in Middle Welsh "Enniawn", which means "Anvil", and "cruc", which means "Mound". "Cruc Enion" or Enion's mound. Etymology is supported by the fact that there is an ancient burial mound there, dating from the Bronze Age.

The name Kenyon was first used as a surname in the 13th century when Jordan de Lauton assumed it.

According to the Legend of the Bleeding Wolf, Jordan's 4th great-grandfather Adam de Lauton saved the life of King John of England by killing a great wolf who attacked him while hunting. The King granted him all the land he could walk over in a week's time. The family coat of arms includes a bleeding wolf in the motif, of course.

All Kinyon/Kenyon families are descended from this line.


de Lauton Estate, Lancashire, England





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