The lineage of the name Kindersley begins with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in Kinnersley or Kinnerley. Kinnerley is found in Salop (now called Shropshire), and Kinnersley is found in Herefordshire
. The place-names come from a similar root, though. They are both based upon the Old English personal name
Cynheard, with the Old English word leah,
which meant forest clearing, as a suffix. The place-name as a whole meant forest clearing belonging to Cynheard.
Early Origins of the Kindersley family
The surname Kindersley was first found in Herefordshire
where, according to an ancient manuscript the family is possessed of a very ancient pedigree. The manuscript reads: "The family of the Kynnersley is very ancient, being seated long before the Norman Conquest
(1066 A.D) in the commune of Hereford in a castle so called at present. In the Domesday Book
it is recorded that when William the Conqueror was possessed of his new kingdom he sent his commissioners throughout ye remote parts thereof (1086,) to knowe how every man held his lands. In which tyme there was an ould gentleman that lived and was owner of Kynnardsley Castle in Hereford by name John de Kynnardsley, and by title a knight (if any knights were before the Conquest). This old gentleman was blind, he had then livving with him twelve sonnes(sons,) whom with himself he armed, and stood in his castle gate, his halberd in his hand, attending the coming of sheriffs and other commisioners from ye king, who being arrived, demanded of him by what tenure he held his castle and lands; ye old knight replyed by his armes, showing to them his halberd."
Early History of the Kindersley family
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Kindersley Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Kindersley has undergone many spelling variations
, including Keynardsley, Kennersley, Kenersley, Kynnardsley, Kinnardsley, Kinnersley, Kynnersley, Kynersley, Kynersly, Kynnersly, Kinnersly, Kinersly, Kinnersley and many more.
Early Notables of the Kindersley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kindersley family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Kindersley were among those contributors: Phillip Kennersley who settled in Virginia in 1635.
Contemporary Notables of the name Kindersley (post 1700)
- Robert Molesworth Kindersley GBE (1871-1954), 1st Baron Kindersley, an English businessman, stockbroker, merchant banker, and public servant who organised the National Savings movement, eponym of Kindersley, Saskatchewan, Canada
- Hugh Kenyon Molesworth Kindersley CBE, MC (1899-1976), 2nd Baron Kindersley, a British businessman, banker and soldier, High Sheriff of the County of London (1951–1952)
- Robert Hugh Molesworth Kindersley DL (1929-2013), 3rd Baron Kindersley, a British peer, politician and businessman
The Kindersley 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: Nec opprimere nec opprimi
Motto Translation: Neither to oppress nor to be oppressed.