Other Forms FormsKennau, Kennou, Kenou
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The first element of this name is derived from Germanic kuni meaning "family, kin, race, kind", which is not to be confused with Germanic kuoni meaning "brave". The second element is derived from either Germanic wîh meaning "holy" or Germanic wîg meaning "warrior."A famous bearer of this name was Kenau Simonsdochter Hasselaer (1526–1588), a Dutch wood merchant from the city of Haarlem, who became a legendary folk hero for her fearless defense of the city against the Spanish invaders during the siege of Haarlem in 1573.