Kingham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The current generations of the Kingham family have inherited a surname that was first used hundreds of years ago by descendants of the ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. The Kingham family lived in the barony of Kinghorn in the county of Fife. The surname Kingham belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Kingham family
The surname Kingham was first found in Fife, at the historic former Royal Burgh of Kinghorn, now a town which derives its name from the Scottish Gaelic Ceann Gronna, meaning "head of the marsh" or "head of the bog." Perhaps best known as the place where King Alexander III of Scotland died, this town is steeped in history including the former castle in Kinghorn which was frequently visited by the Scottish Court in the period of the House of Dunkeld. No trace of the castle can be found today. King Alexander III returned here to see his new wife Yolande of Dreux, but fell from his horse on the way and was found dead on the beach of Pettycur bay.
Early History of the Kingham family
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Kingham Spelling Variations
Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations. In various documents, Kingham has been spelled Kyngorn, Kinghorn, Kinghorne, Kingorn, Kynghorn, Kyngorne, Kynghorne, Kinghan and many more.
Early Notables of the Kingham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kingham family to Ireland
Some of the Kingham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 84 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kingham migration to the United States +
The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Kingham:
Kingham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Kingham, who settled in Barbados in 1674
Kingham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Thomas Kingham, who settled in Maryland in 1722
Kingham migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Kingham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mary Ann Kingham, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia 
- Susanna Kingham, aged 23, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Florentia" 
- Susanna Kingham, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Florentia" in 1849 
Kingham migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Kingham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- David Kingham, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
- Mary Kingham, aged 22, a servant, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
- Mary Kingham, aged 25, a housekeeper, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879
- James Kingham, aged 3, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879
Contemporary Notables of the name Kingham (post 1700) +
- Jonathan Kingham, American folk, pop and jazz musician from Seattle, Washington
- Henry Ronald Kingham (1904-1920), English footballer who played in the 1920s and 1930s
- Teresa Jane "Tess" Kingham (b. 1963), English Labour Party United Kingdom politician for Gloucester from 1997-2001
- Brigadier Howard Stanley Kingham (1910-1982), Australian Director of Ordnance Services, Army Headquarters from 1943 to 1945 
Historic Events for the Kingham family +
- Jay Joseph Kingham (1944-1988), American Pharmaceuticals Executive from Potomac, Maryland, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died 
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The Kingham 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: A favore regis nomen
Motto Translation: The popularity of the name