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

The first people to use the name Kincaid were a family of Strathclyde- Britons who lived in the Scottish/English Borderlands. The name comes from when someone lived at Kincaid in the county of Stirlingshire. The name of Kincaith, from which the family derive their name is almost certainly of Gaelic origin, coming from the Gaelic words "ceann", meaning top or head and "caithe", meaning pass.

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Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Kincaid has appeared as Kincaid, Kinkeed, Kincade, Kyncade, Kinkaid and many more.

First found in Stirlingshire. The earliest evidence of the surname Kincaid was found in the parish of Campsie, Stirlingshire north of Glasgow.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kincaid research. Another 273 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1467, 1493, 1545, 1609, 1687, 1579, 1600, 1600, 1661, 1726, 1787, 1902, 1840 and 1815 are included under the topic Early Kincaid History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 257 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kincaid Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Kincaid family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:

Kincaid Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Kincaid settled in New Jersey in 1685

Kincaid Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • David Kincaid, who landed in Virginia in 1716
  • John Kincaid, who arrived in New England in 1718
  • Robert Kincaid, who arrived in Virginia in 1746
  • George Kincaid, who arrived in Virginia in 1746
  • Patrick Kincaid, who landed in New England in 1760


Kincaid Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James Kincaid, who landed in Alexandria, Va in 1807
  • James Kincaid settled in Alexandria Virginia in 1807
  • Robert Kincaid settled in Boston in 1847
  • Mary Kincaid, aged 74, who landed in America from County Mayo, in 1892
  • Mary I. Kincaid, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Derry, in 1892


Kincaid Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Martha I Kincaid, aged 24, who emigrated to America from Tyrone, in 1901
  • Joseph Kincaid, aged 24, who landed in America from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1911
  • James Kincaid, aged 38, who landed in America from Ballymahor, Ireland, in 1912
  • Emily Kincaid, aged 57, who emigrated to America, in 1913
  • Emma Florence Kincaid, aged 25, who landed in America from Dublin, Ireland, in 1920


Kincaid Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Ann Kincaid, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834

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  • Bradley Kincaid (1895-1989), American country singer
  • Nanci Kincaid, American novelist
  • Aron Kincaid (b. 1940), American voice actor
  • William Bradley Kincaid (1895-1989), American folk singer
  • Major-General Alvan Cleveland Kincaid (1892-1968), American Commanding General 12th Air Force (1948-1949)
  • Douglas Doerr "Doug" Kincaid (b. 1962), American artist, writer, puppeteer and performer
  • James R. Kincaid, Professor of English at the University of Southern California
  • Robert Kincaid (1832-1883), Irish-born, Canadian physician and politician who represented Peterborough West in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1882 to 1883
  • Mr. John Kincaid, British Boy, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking


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  • A Genealogical History of the Name Kincaid by Eugene Davis Kincaid.
  • Kincaid-Claypool Descendants by William Harold Kincaid.
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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Kincaid
Kincade, Kincaid, Kincaidie, Kinkade, Kinkaid, Kinkead, Kyncad, Kyncade, Kyncayd and more.

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  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
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The Kincaid Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kincaid 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.

This page was last modified on 27 December 2014 at 10:01.

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