Re: CANIFF, KENNEFF, KENNIFF, KENNISS
The name Caniff is derived from the Gaelic MacConduibh. "Mac" meaning 'son of', "Con" meaning 'Black', and "Duibh" meaning 'Hound'. The name MacConduibh was anglicized in several forms including Caniff, Cuniff, Canniff, Cunniff, Caddo, MacAdoo and probably several other variations. It appears to depend on what part of Ireland they came from that decides what the pronunciation became. I can't remember off of the top of my head where exactly I got that information, but I think all of that is correct. I have a little information on the Jeremiah Kenniff (whichever spelling) family. I have seen several different ideas on the origon of that name. There was a lady in Florida who put out a book on this family. I believe that it has been entered in the Library of Congress. I tried to contact her about getting a copy, but my letter was returned undeliverable. I believe that she described the New York Kenniffs as Irish Hugenots. However, others have speculated that they may have actually been French, as this name seemed a conceivable garble of some French name. That's about all I know. You might try to see if you can get to that book, or to get someone to do a lookup on this info for you, as she may have research that sheds more light on the subject. Hope that helps.