Kingerey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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When the ancestors of the Kingerey family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in one of the places called Kingsley in Cheshire or Staffordshire having derived from the Old English word cyningesleah, which means wood or clearing of the king.  Thus, Kingerey is a classic example of an English polygenetic surname, which is a surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.
Early Origins of the Kingerey family
The surname Kingerey was first found in Cheshire where a "township and estate, the property of Sir Ranulph de Kingsley before 1128 was found. In the XVIII century the family divided into two branches, the younger continuing the name of Kingsley, the elder adopting that of De Aula or Hale."  Another early listing of the name was Adam de Kyngeslegh who was listed in East Cheshire.  Kingsley is a township, civil parish and a village in the parish of Frodsham, union of Runcorn.  It was first listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Chingeslie. 
One of the first records of the family was Kynsige, Kinsius, Kinsi or Cynesige (d. 1060), Archbishop of York "who, it is said, was brought into the world by a Caesarean operation." 
Important Dates for the Kingerey family
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Kingerey Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Kingerey has been recorded under many different variations, including Kingsley, Kingsleigh, Kingslee, Kinsey and others.
Early Notables of the Kingerey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kingerey family
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Kingereys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Steven Kingsley, who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630; William Kingsley settled in Virginia in 1623; David Kinsey settled with his wife in Pennsylvania in 1682.
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