Kinesmint is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from Kynes-man
which in Old English referred to a cousin or relative.
In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest
which meant son,
were the most common patronymic
suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius,
which meant son.
By the 14th century, the suffix son
had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius
were more common in the north of England
and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.
Early Origins of the Kinesmint family
The surname Kinesmint was first found in Norfolk
, where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Kinesmint family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kinesmint research.Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1198, 1275, 1588, 1589, 1676, 1682, 1770 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Kinesmint History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kinesmint 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 Kinesmint has undergone many spelling variations
, including Kinsman, Cunesman, Kinesman and others.
Early Notables of the Kinesmint family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kinesmint family to Ireland
Some of the Kinesmint family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kinesmint 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 Kinesmint were among those contributors: Robert Kinsman who arrived in America in 1634; John Kinsman who sailed to Pennsylvania in 1682 and Isaac Kinsman who arrived in Colorado in 1682.