The forbears of the name Kinaston once lived in or near some now-lost place called Kynaston, which experts agree was probably in the English border county of Shropshire
. The surname Kinaston belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Kinaston family
The surname Kinaston was first found in Shropshire
, where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Kinnerly, some say before the Norman Conquest
by Duke William of Normandy
in 1066. Conjecturally they are descended from the Princes of Powys
, through Griffith, son of Joerweth Goch, Lord of Mochnan, younger son of Meredith, Prince of Powis who took refuge in Shropshire
. King Henry III of England
gave him lands in that county. He married Matilda, the heiress of Ralph le Strange by whom he acquired the Manor of Kinnerly. Griffith' son, Griffith Vychan settled at Tre-gynvarth, which, when anglicized, is Kynvarth's Town, which, when spoken, became slurred into Kynastown, or Kynaston.
Early History of the Kinaston family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kinaston research.Another 403 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1433, 1495, 1459, 1534, 1491, 1564, 1516, 1590, 1554, 1587, 1642, 1621, 1622, 1640 and 1712 are included under the topic Early Kinaston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kinaston Spelling Variations
have an extremely large amount of spelling variations
of their native surnames to their credit. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales
were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations
were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Kinaston have included Kynaston, Kynerston, Kinnaston, Kinaston, Keniston, Kennison, Kenison and many more.
Early Notables of the Kinaston family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Francis Kynaston (1516-1590), an English politician, Member of the Parliament for Shropshire
in April 1554; Sir Francis Kynaston or Kinaston (1587-1642), an English lawyer, courtier, poet and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1621 to 1622... Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kinaston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kinaston family to the New World and Oceana
North America in the 1800s and 1900s saw the arrival of many Welsh
people hoping to share in the wealth of land, work, and freedom that they felt North America held. Those who made the journey often attained those expectations, but only through an enormous amount of hard work, perseverance, and often a bout of good luck. These immigrants helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and culture of both Canada and the United States. Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Kinaston: Allen Keniston, who sailed to Virginia in 1624; Richard Keniston to Virginia in 1655; and Mary Kynaston, who landed in America in 1769.