Kimmins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

It is generally believed that this name comes from a Breton personal name, derived from element "cam," meaning "bent," or "crooked;" or perhaps from the herb called "cummin" (cumin). Or the name may have come from the place name Comines, in Flanders, Northern France. [1]

"This ancient family claim descent from the great house of Comines in France. They seem to have come into Britain at the Conquest, though they do not appear eo nomine in Domesday. " [2]

Early Origins of the Kimmins family

The surname Kimmins was first found in Norfolk, Lincolnshire, and Yorkshire in England, in the 12th and 13th centuries. Robert of Comyn (Comines,) a noble who accompanied William the Conqueror in 1066 and was made Earl of Northumberland. [3]

Other early records of the family shown with a myriad of early spellings include: Godwinus filius Cumine in the Pipe Rolls of Norfolk in 1173; Eustachius filius Cumini in the Assize Rolls for Lincolnshire in 1219; Petrus filius Kymine in the Subsidy Rolls for Yorkshire in 1301; Hugh Coumini listed in France in 1157; Walter Cumin in the Pipe Rolls for Wales in 1158; John Comin in Lincolnshire in 1175-1179; and William Cumyn in the Pipe Rolls for Hampshire in 1230. [4]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: Florentina Comin, Oxfordshire; Peter Comyn, Wiltshire; Stephen Comyng, Essex; and Thomas Comyn, Gloucestershire. [5] Another source notes that Admund le Comyn was listed in Norfolk, 14 Edward II (during the fourteenth year of King Edward III's reign.) [6]

Today Commins is a small hamlet in Denbighshire and Commins Coch is a small village in the county of Powys, Wales.

Saint Comman of Ross-Commain ( fl. 550), was son of Faelchu and "descendant of Fiacha Araidhe, of the family of Rudhraighe, and race of Ir, king of Ulster, A.D. 236." [7]

Early History of the Kimmins family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kimmins research. Another 487 words (35 lines of text) covering the years 1124, 1153, 1133, 1302, 1296, 1306, 1289, 1667, 1740, 1688, 1751, 1747, 1751 and are included under the topic Early Kimmins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kimmins Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Cumin, Cumins, Cumine, Cummin, Cummins, Cummine, Comings, Comins, Commin and many more.

Early Notables of the Kimmins family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Alexander Comyn (d. 1289), Earl of Buchan, a Scotish-Norman nobleman, son of William Comyn and Marjory, Countess of Buchan, the heiress of the last native Scottish Mormaer of Buchan, Fergus...
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kimmins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Kimmins family to Ireland

Some of the Kimmins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Kimmins migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kimmins Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alice Kimmins, aged 40, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Lapland" from Liverpool, England [8]
  • John Kimmins, aged 45, originally from London, England, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Caronia" from Southampton, England [9]
  • Alfred Kimmins, aged 18, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Megantic" from Sydney [10]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kimmins (post 1700) +

  • Kenneth Kimmins (b. 1941), American actor, best known for his role as Doctor Bernard Klein on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
  • Simon Kimmins (b. 1930), former English cricketer for Kent from 1950 to 1959
  • Dame Grace Mary Thyrza Kimmins DBE (1871-1954), née Hannam, English writer, founder of the Guild of the Brave Poor Things, created to help children who had disabilities
  • Charles William "C. W." Kimmins (1856-1948), English educational psychologist, wife of Dame Grace Kimmins, father of Sir Brian Charles Hannan Kimmins and Anthony Martin Kimmins
  • Lieutenant General Sir Brian Charles Hannam Kimmins (1899-1979), English General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland District
  • Anthony Kimmins (1901-1964), English director, playwright, screenwriter, producer and actor


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print
  7. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  8. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67T-7JF : 6 December 2014), Alice Kimmins, 11 Jun 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Lapland, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  9. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6C6-K28 : 6 December 2014), John Kimmins, 31 Dec 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Caronia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  10. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6HY-KMZ : 6 December 2014), Alfred Kimmins, 15 Apr 1920; citing departure port Sydney, arrival port New York, ship name Megantic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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