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

The Pictish clans of ancient Scotland were the ancestors of the first people to use the name Kinken. It comes from in the barony of Kinghorn in the county of Fife. The surname Kinken belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

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Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. Kinken has appeared Kyngorn, Kinghorn, Kinghorne, Kingorn, Kynghorn, Kyngorne, Kynghorne, Kinghan and many more.

First found in Fife, where they had been anciently seated, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kinken research. Another 175 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1292, 1296, 1513, and 1597 are included under the topic Early Kinken History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Kinken family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 149 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence. The Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Kinken name: James Kinghorn who landed in America in 1771; William Kingham settled in Barbados in 1674; Thomas Kingham settled in Maryland in 1722.

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: A favore regis nomen
Motto Translation: The popularity of the name

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