Kimm History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Kimm is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Kimm family lived in Lincolnshire. The surname comes from one of two places in Lincolnshire which bear the name Kyme: South Kyme and North Kyme, both in the vicinity of Tattershall.
Early Origins of the Kimm family
The surname Kimm was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Kestevan. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book census in 1086 initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England in 1066, the holdings are not shown but later, within the next century, it was recorded as the Honour of Kymes.  "This parish, which is situated on that part of the Sleaford navigation called Kyme Eau, derived its name from the Kyme family, who were barons by tenure and writ in the reign of Stephen, and had a seat here, mentioned by Leland as a 'goodly house and park,' of which only the tower now remains."  Sir William, the founder of the family, also founded the Priory of Bolinton about 1135. "The Kymes assumed the surname from a fair lordship, the principal place of their residence in Kesteven. "  Sir Philip de Kyme was the first officially recorded, succeeded by his son Sir William de Kyme. Sir Philip was Baron Kyme, Lord of the Manor, and was summoned to Parliament in 1295-1313 to represent Lincolnshire. Sir William was summoned to Parliament in 1323-1336.
Important Dates for the Kimm family
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Kimm Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Kimm include Kimes, Kymes, Kyme, Kime and others.
Early Notables of the Kimm family (pre 1700)
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Kimm migration to the United States
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Kimms to arrive on North American shores:
Kimm Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Johan Christoph Kimm, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 
Kimm Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Theodore Kimm, aged 28, who arrived in Missouri in 1839 
- Franz Kimm, aged 27, who arrived in New York in 1867 
Contemporary Notables of the name Kimm (post 1700)
- Bruce Edward Kimm (b. 1951), retired American professional baseball catcher and manager
- F Iona Kimm, British Mezzo Soprano
- Cory Kimm (b. 1974), Canadian radio personality
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