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

The Kinsey surname has several possible origins: no doubt some instances of this surname evolved from an Old English personal name made up of two elements, "cyne," or "royal" and "sige," or "victory." In Yorkshire, it is generally thought that bearers of Kinsey may have taken the name from a place name. Still other instances of Kinsey probably derive from a variation of the Kingsley surname. In any case, it would seem that this surname predates the Norman invasion of Britain.

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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Kinsey family name include Kinsey, Kynsei, Kynsey, Kinzie, Kincey, Kingsley and others.

First found in Gloucestershire where the first on record of the name was William Kynsei, who was recorded in the "Inquisitiones post mortem" for Gloucestershire. Other early records show a William Kynnesay in 1471, who was the vicar of Hitcham, County Norfolk. The Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1525 show George Kynsey. Margaret Kynsee is listed in the Pipe Rolls for Stratford, 1584, and a John Kynsey of County Cheshire was registered at Oxford University in 1602.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kinsey research. Another 238 words(17 lines of text) covering the year 1648 is included under the topic Early Kinsey History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Kinsey surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Kinsey Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Edward Kinsey, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Edward Kinsey, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Welch Kinsey, who arrived in Maryland in 1653
  • Hugh Kinsey, who landed in Maryland in 1659
  • Paul Kinsey, who landed in Maryland in 1661


Kinsey Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Christian Kinsey, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761

Kinsey Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • C W Kinsey, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Thomas Kinsey, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1874
  • Samuel Kinsey, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876

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  • Alfred Charles Kinsey (1894-1956), American biologist, zoologist, who studied human sexuality, creator of Kinsey Reports
  • Howard Kinsey (1899-1966), American tennis player of the 1920s, he won a number of championships
  • Angela Kinsey, American actress
  • Darius Kinsey (1869-1945), American photographer
  • Donald Kinsey, American musician
  • Tarence Kinsey (b. 1984), American basketball player
  • John Kinsey (1693-1750), of New Jersey, Chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • Noel Kinsey (b. 1925), Welsh former footballer


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