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This most interesting and unusual surname is of medieval Welsh origin, and may be either a locational name from Kerry in South East Montgomeryshire, so called from the Gaelic\Celtic "coire, kerry", cauldron, glen, or a derivative of the Old Welsh personal name "Cynwrig". This given name is believed to be composed of the Welsh elements "cyn", chief, and "(g)wr", man, hero, with the suffix of quality "ig", or it may be cognate with he Olde English pre 7th Century "Cyneric", a compound of the elements "cyne", royal, and "ric", power. The latter appears as "Kenricus" and "Chenricus" in the Domesday Book of 1086 for Suffolk, and in 1093, Cynwrig Hir Edeirnion freed one Gruffudd ap Cynan from Chester prison...

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