Scottish Notes and Queries Volume 2 (1889)

Scottish Notes and Queries Volume 2 (1889)

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...latter, apparently, being a latinized form of the name. He was an Abbot in Ireland alxmt the end of the sixth century. The Cathedral is dedicated to him, and called S. Canice's Cathedral. There was also a Scottish Saint Kennochia, a Virgin who lived about the beginning of the eleventh century. My impression is that Cainnech, as we find it spelt in the Book of Deer, is probably the original form of the word, and that Coynach, Kynoch, Kenneth, Kenny. Kennochia, Canicus, &c., are all variations of the same name;--and that the Kynochs, while departing from the old Celtic orthography, have retained the original pronunciation. With regard to the derivation, and meaning of the name, I offer the following conjectural suggestion: --Among the lay officers of the Church, in Celtic times, one of the most important was the Air Cainnech, a sort of manager, or resident factor for the Abbot, and consequently from his position a person of some considerable authority. I lis duty was to superintend and manage the Church lands; and probably included the collection of Cain or Kain, which was a payment in kind, sometimes a share of the Crop or Stock, and sometimes in the form of service rendered to the proprietor in the cultivation of his land, or in gathering his crops. May not the name of his office, or official name, have been derived primarily from his employment as Cain Collector, and subsequently been applied as a personal or surname? Many of our common names have originated in like manner: --such as Smith, Baxter, Falconer, Fletcher, Webster, &c. P. H. D. 161. The Surname Kynoch seems to be o( German or Dutch origin. It is almost identical in pronunciation to the German " Koenig" (King) in which the g is gutteral. G. St. J. Bremner. Pasadena, more

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