The Atlantic Ocean to the north and west and the English Channel to the south borders Cornwall
, the homeland to the Kingdown family name. Even though the usage of surnames was common during the Middle Ages, all English people were known only by a single name in early times. The manner in which hereditary surnames
arose is interesting. Local
surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Kingdown family originally lived in the county of Cornwall, at Kingdon
manor. A number of places of this name exist in various counties of England
. It translates as the house of the king.
Early Origins of the Kingdown family
The surname Kingdown was first found in the county of Cornwall
where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Kingdown family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kingdown research.Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 146 and 1462 are included under the topic Early Kingdown History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kingdown Spelling Variations
Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England
, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations
often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall
and the rest of England
. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic
language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Kindon, Kingdon, Kingdom and others.
Early Notables of the Kingdown family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kingdown family to Ireland
Some of the Kingdown family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 35 words (2 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 Kingdown family to the New World and Oceana
Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Kingdown or a variant listed above: John Kingdon settled in Virginia in 1774; William Kindon landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1876; William Kingdom landed in New York State in 1823 with his wife and child. In Newfoundland, Jessie settled in Englee in 1872..
The Kingdown 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: Regis donum gratum bonum
Motto Translation: A king's gift is pleasant and good.