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Where did the English Kindred family come from? What is the English Kindred family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kindred family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kindred family history?

Kindred is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Kindred family lived in Kinder, Derbyshire. The surname of Kinder was a local name which means of Kinder, a hamlet in the parish of Glossop, Derbyshire, near Chapel-en-le-Frith.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Kindred include Kinder, Kynder, Chinder, Chendre, Kender, Kyender and others.

First found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Kinder, a small hamlet originally called Chendre before the taking of the Domesday Book census, a survey initiated by Duke William of Normandy in 1086 after his defeat of the English at Hastings in 1066. Kinder is a hamlet near the Kinder Scout, the highest and best known mountain in the Peak District of Derbyshire, and is often called 'The Peak'. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book, [1] the hamlet of Kinder was "King's Land."


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kindred research. Another 204 words(15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kindred History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Kindred Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Kindreds to arrive on North American shores:

Kindred Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • William Kindred, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1787

Kindred Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Kindred, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892

Kindred Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Minnie Kindred, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Tinsbry Kindred, aged 44, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Carlotta Kindred, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1911
  • Thomas E. Kindred, aged 39, who landed in America, in 1912
  • Harold Kindred, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1918


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  • Christopher Kindred (b. 1974), American professional wrestler
  • Michal Kindred (b. 1975), Czech Republic professional bodybuilder
  • Sascha Kindred OBE (b. 1977), British six-time gold medalist swimmer who competed in various Paralympic Games


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
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The Kindred Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kindred Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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