Kimbro History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Cornwall in southwestern England provides the original birthplace of the surname Kimbro. As populations grew, people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Unlike most Celtic peoples, who favored patronymic names, the Cornish predominantly used local surnames. This was due to the heavy political and cultural influence of the English upon the Cornish People at the time that surnames first came into use. Local surnames were derived from where a person lived, held land, or was born. While many Cornish surnames of this sort appear to be topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees, many are actually habitation surnames derived from lost or unrecorded place names. The name Kimbro history began in the county of Cornwall at South Kimber.
Early Origins of the Kimbro family
The surname Kimbro was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Kimbro family
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Kimbro Spelling Variations
Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Kimber, Kember and others.
Early Notables of the Kimbro family (pre 1700)
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Kimbro migration to the United States +
A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Kimbro:
Kimbro Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mary Cullom Kimbro, aged 40, who arrived in New York, N. Y. in 1919 aboard the ship "Kronprinz Frederich Wilhelm" from Brest, France 
- Suzanne Kimbro, aged 36, who arrived in New York in 1922 aboard the ship "Rochambeau" from Le Havre, France 
Contemporary Notables of the name Kimbro (post 1700) +
- Henry Kimbro (1912-1999), American Negro League outfielder who played in the late 1930s and 1940s
- Technician Fourth Grade Truman Kimbro (1919-1944), American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944 for his actions in World War II
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The Kimbro Motto +
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: Frangas non flectes
Motto Translation: Thou may'st break, but shalt not bend me.
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6W7-XMN : 6 December 2014), Mary Cullom Kimbro, 14 Jul 1919; citing departure port Brest, arrival port New York, N. Y., ship name Kronprinz Frederich Wilhelm, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNJX-F65 : 6 December 2014), Suzanne Kimbro, 17 Nov 1922; citing departure port Le Havre, arrival port New York, ship name Rochambeau, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).