Today's generation of the Kingery family bears a name that was brought to England
by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Kingery family lived in one of the places called Kingsley in Cheshire
having derived from the Old English word cyningesleah,
which means wood
or clearing of the king. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Thus, Kingery 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 Kingery family
The surname Kingery 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Another early listing of the name was Adam de Kyngeslegh who was listed in East Cheshire
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Kingsley is a township, civil parish and a village in the parish of Frodsham, union of Runcorn. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
It was first listed in the Domesday Book
of 1086 as Chingeslie. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Early History of the Kingery family
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Kingery Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Kingery include Kingsley, Kingsleigh, Kingslee, Kinsey and others.
Early Notables of the Kingery family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kingery family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Kingerys to arrive on North American shores:
Kingery Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Kingery, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Kingery (post 1700)
- Paul Kingery, American musician, one time member of Three Dog Night
- William David Kingery (1926-2000), American material scientist, a specialist in the study of ceramics, awarded the Kyoto Prize in 1999
- Gayle Kingery (b. 1939), American former teacher and politician, Member of the Missouri House of Representatives (2003-2011)
- Robert Kingery, American director of the Illinois Public Works and regional director for the Chicago Regional Planning Association, eponym of the Kingery Expressway in Illinois
- Michael Scott Kingery (b. 1961), American former Major League Baseball player who played from 1986 to 1996
- Scott Kingery (b. 1994), American Major League Baseball baseball infielder for the Philadelphia Phillies
- B. Wayne Kingery (1927-2016), American NFL football halfback and defensive back who played for the Baltimore Colts in 1949