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Cornwall, one of the original six "Celtic nations" is the homeland to the surname Kingdume. A revival of the Cornish language which began in the 9th century AD has begun. No doubt this was the language spoken by distant forebears of the Kingdume family. Though surnames became common during medieval times, English people were formerly known only by a single name. The way in which hereditary surnames were adopted in medieval England is fascinating. Many Cornish surnames appear to be topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees, many are actually habitation surnames. The name Kingdume is a local type of surname and the Kingdume family 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 Kingdume family


The surname Kingdume was first found in the county of Cornwall where they held a family seat from early times.

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Early History of the Kingdume family

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Early History of the Kingdume family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kingdume research.
Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 146 and 1462 are included under the topic Early Kingdume History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kingdume Spelling Variations

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Kingdume 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.

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Early Notables of the Kingdume family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Kingdume family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Kingdume family to Ireland

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Migration of the Kingdume family to Ireland


Some of the Kingdume family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Kingdume family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Kingdume family to the New World and Oceana


An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Kingdume 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..

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The Kingdume Motto

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The Kingdume 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.


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