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

The name Kingman has a history dating as far back as the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was of a kingly nature or appearance. The surname Kingman originally derived from the Old English Cyng which referred to one with noble features or characteristics of a King. The surname Kingman also referred to an actor who played the role of a king in pageants or plays. He may have also played the role of King of Misrule in a tournament. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Kingman have been found, including Kingsman, Kingman, Kyngesman, Kingmen, Kingsmen and others.

First found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from very early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kingman research. Another 287 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1166, 1184, 1379, 1533, 1573, and 1611 are included under the topic Early Kingman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Kingman, or a variant listed above:

Kingman Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Henry and Joane Kingman, who came to Massachusetts in 1635 with five children
  • Henry Kingman journeyed to Massachusetts in 1635 with his wife and five children
  • Henry Kingman, who landed in Weymouth, Massachusetts in 1636
  • Leo Kingman, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • Lee Kingman sailed to Virginia in 1650


Kingman Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Sarah Kingman to Maryland in 1740
  • Sarah Kingman, who settled in Maryland in 1740
  • Sarah Kingman, who landed in Maryland in 1740

Kingman Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • William Kingman, who arrived at San Francisco in 1852
  • William Kingman to San Francisco in 1852

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The Kingman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kingman 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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