The Kincey 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 Kincey may have taken the name from a place name. Still other instances of Kincey probably derive from a variation of the Kingsley surname. In any case, it would seem that this surname predates the Norman invasion
Early Origins of the Kincey family
The surname Kincey was 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
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.
Early History of the Kincey family
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Kincey Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Kincey are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Kincey include: Kinsey, Kynsei, Kynsey, Kinzie, Kincey, Kingsley and others.
Early Notables of the Kincey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kincey family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Kincey or a variant listed above: Edward Kinsey, who arrived in Virginia in 1637; Catherine Kinsey, who came to Maryland in 1663; David Kinsey, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682 with his wife Magdalen and their two sons aboard one of William Penn's ships, Welch Kinsey, who arrived in Maryland in 1653.