Show ContentsKimble History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Kimble family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from Buckinghamshire at either Great Kimble or Little Kimble, parishes in the union of Wycombe, hundred of Aylesbury. "[Great Kimble] according to old records, was anciently called Kunebel, from Cunobelin, or Cymbeline, the British king, whose sons here gallantly opposed the Romans, but were defeated, and one of them slain. There are still the remains of several intrenchments on the supposed field of battle; and on a circular mound in the neighbourhood are vestiges of a fortification termed Belinus' Castle, where it is said Cunobelin dwelt. " [1]

Both places are listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 collectively as Chenebelle, and literally meant "royal bell-shaped hill," from the Old English words "cyne" + "bell." [2]

Early Origins of the Kimble family

The surname Kimble was first found in Wiltshire where Turbet filius Chembel was recorded in the Pipe Rolls of 1130. A few years later, Richard Cembel was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Huntingdonshire, and later Roger Cumbel, Chimbel, Kymbel, Kimbel was found in the Pipe Rolls for Warwickshire, 1191-1193. Over in Suffolk, John Kennebelle was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for 1327. [3]

Robert Kinebald was found in Somerset 1215-1221; Ralph Kenebold in the 13th century on the Isle of Wight; William Kembald in the Subsidy Rolls for Suffolk in 1302; William Kenebold and Nicholas Kembol, both in the Subsidy Rolls for Suffolk in 1327. [3]

Hugo de Kenebell was found in the Curia Regis Rolls for Berkshire in 1196; Roger de Kinebelle in the Hundredorum Rolls for Berkshire in 1255; and Thomas de Kymble was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Cambridgeshire in 1327. [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had two entries for the family: Richard de Kinebell Buckinghamshire; and John de Kinebelle, Oxfordshire. [4]

In Norfolk, Nicholas Kymbell was listed there 3 Henry IV (during the third year of King Henry IV's reign.) [5]

Early History of the Kimble family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kimble research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1196, 1680, 1657, 1736, 1742, 1654, 1729, 1751, 1754, 1599, 1679, 1625, 1678, 1679, 1721, 1802, 1721, 1804, 1752, 1758, 1822 and 1758 are included under the topic Early Kimble History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kimble Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Kimble include Kimball, Kimbell, Kimbel, Kemple, Kemble, Kimble and others.

Early Notables of the Kimble family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Saint John Kemble (1599-1679), an English Roman Catholic martyr, one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales. He "appears to have been son of George Kemble of Longford, Herefordshire. He was ordained priest at Douay 23 Feb. 1625, and on 4 June was sent on the mission in Herefordshire. In 1678, at the time of the Popish plot, he was seized at Pembridge Castle, Herefordshire, where he was living as chaplain to the Scudamore family. He was tried at Hereford, convicted as having said mass at Pembridge, and executed at Widemarsh Common...
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Kimble Ranking

In the United States, the name Kimble is the 1,818th most popular surname with an estimated 17,409 people with that name. [6]

United States Kimble migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Kimble were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Kimble Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hugh Kimble, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767 with his wife Sarah, sons Hugh, and Abraham, and daughter Mary
  • William L Kimble, who landed in Mississippi in 1798 [7]
Kimble Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Edgar Kimble, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Edwin C. Kimble, aged 50, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Edgar A S Kimble, aged 40, who settled in America from London, in 1907
  • Fowler Kimble, who settled in America, in 1907
  • F Kimble, aged 47, who immigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Kimble migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kimble Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Chauncy Kimble, who arrived in Canada in 1841
  • Mr. John Kimble who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Greenock" departing 19th June 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 29th July 1847 but he died on board [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kimble (post 1700) +

  • Alisa Kimble (b. 1970), American model, Miss California USA 1997
  • Garry Lynn Kimble (b. 1963), American former NFL football cornerback for the Washington Redskins
  • Richard Lewis "Dick" Kimble (1915-2001), American Major League Baseball shortstop who played for the Washington Senators in 1945
  • George C. Kimble (1803-1836), American officer of the Alamo Mission in San Antonio who died at the Battle of the Alamo, eponym of Kimble County, Texas
  • Brigadier-General Frederick von Harten Kimble (1895-1978), American Commanding General 5020th Wing (1948-1949) [9]
  • John B. Kimble (b. 1960), American behavioral scientist, Republican Candidate for the 2012
  • Avis Kimble (b. 1944), American model
  • Gregory Kevin "Bo" Kimble (b. 1966), retired American college basketball player
  • Garry Kimble (b. 1966), English ex-professional football player
  • Alan Kimble (b. 1966), retired English professional footballer
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name Kimble +

  • The Kimble Family from Z to A by Seruch Titus Kimble.

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print
  6. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  7. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  8. Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 83)
  9. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, April 2) Frederick Kimble. Retrieved from on Facebook