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The name Kinder was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Kinder family lived in Kinder, Derbyshire. The surname of Kinder was a local name which means of Kinder, a hamlet in the parish of Glossop, Derbyshire, near Chapel-en-le-Frith.
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Kinder, Kynder, Chinder, Chendre, Kender, Kyender and others.
First found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Kinder, a small hamlet originally called Chendre before the taking of the Domesday Book census, a survey initiated by Duke William of Normandy in 1086 after his defeat of the English at Hastings in 1066. Kinder is a hamlet near the Kinder Scout, the highest and best known mountain in the Peak District of Derbyshire, and is often called 'The Peak'. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book,  the hamlet of Kinder was "King's Land."
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kinder research. Another 204 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kinder History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Kinder Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Kinder or a variant listed above:
Kinder Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Francis Kinder, who landed in Virginia in 1657
- Thomas Kinder, who landed in Virginia in 1657
- William Kinder settled in Maryland in 1699
Kinder Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Richard Kinder, who landed in Virginia in 1714
- Peter Kinder, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
- Caspar and George Kinder settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1738
- Geor Kinder, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
- Hans Adam Kinder, aged 24, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
Kinder Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Theobald Kinder, aged 40, arrived in Missouri in 1845
- W R Kinder, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
- H Kinder, who landed in New York, NY in 1881
- Johannes Kinder, who arrived in Arkansas in 1890
- Theodor, Maria and Gottholi Kinder all of whom arrived in New York City in 1893
Kinder Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Johan Kinder, who landed in Manitoba in 1874
Kinder Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Kinder, aged 17, a labouer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland"
Kinder Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Kinder arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" in 1855
- Mary Kinder arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" in 1855
- Gary Kinder (1962-1988), American Olympian at the 1988 Summer Olympics
- Charles Alfonso Kinder II (b. 1946), American novelist
- Richard Kinder (b. 1944), American CEO and Chairman of the Board of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, an energy and pipeline corporation
- Peter Kinder (b. 1954), American politician, elected lieutenant governor of Missouri in 2004
- Ellis Raymond Kinder (1914-1968), American professional baseball player
- John Kinder (1819-1903), English-born, New Zealand Anglican clergyman, teacher, artist and photographer
- Mr. Richard Kinder (d. 1941), British Midshipman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
- Manfred Kinder (b. 1938), West German gold, three-time silver and two-time bronze medalist from Königsberg
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The Kinder Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kinder Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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