Based on: Reaney, P H, (ed. Wilson, R M), 1997, Oxford Dictionary of English Surnames, 3rd ed., OUP, Oxford, unless otherwise stated.
Earliest in Andrew’s Kindred: Elizabeth Keen, born about 1808, Derbyshire.
From Old English placenames Cyn- or Cyne– and more recent examples, such as Kenward, Kenway or Kerrich. Also from Middle English kene, wise, brave or proud, that is from personal characteristics.
Earliest in Andrew’s Kindred: Susannah Kesterton, born about 1813, Pipe Hill, Staffordshire.
Note covered by Reaney, but a person from various places named Chesterton, after Old English ceaster, implying some type of Roman fort or station was nearby.
Earliest in Andrew’s Kindred: Daniel Kirk, born about 1804, Blackfordby, Leicestershire.
Someone who lived by a church, from Old Norse kirkje.
Earliest in Andrew’s Kindred: Samuel Knowles, born about 1805, Tansley, Derbyshire.
Reaney equates this with Knoll, dweller by the hill top, after various places named Knole or Knowle. From Old English cnoll.