Show ContentsKinghan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

A family in the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland was the first to use the name Kinghan. They lived in the barony of Kinghorn in the county of Fife. The surname Kinghan belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Kinghan family

The surname Kinghan 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 Kinghan family

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Kinghan Spelling Variations

In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Kinghan has been spelled Kyngorn, Kinghorn, Kinghorne, Kingorn, Kynghorn, Kyngorne, Kynghorne, Kinghan and many more.

Early Notables of the Kinghan family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Kinghan family to Ireland

Some of the Kinghan 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.

United States Kinghan migration to the United States +

In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Kinghan:

Kinghan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Kinghan, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States from Belfast, in 1896
Kinghan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Charlotte Elizabeth Kinghan, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1905
  • John Kinghan, aged 21, who settled in America from Ballynahuich, Ireland, in 1907
  • William Gordon Kinghan, aged 56, who immigrated to the United States, in 1918
  • Lilian Kinghan, aged 22, who landed in America from Shepperton, England, in 1922

Contemporary Notables of the name Kinghan (post 1700) +

  • Vaughan Kinghan, British writer, known for Trial & Retribution (TV Series) (1997-1998)
  • Major William Sinclair Kinghan (1881-1882), Unionist politician in Northern Ireland, Deputy Speaker of the Senate in 1945
  • Samuel Kinghan, Unionist politician in Northern Ireland, former Deputy Speaker of the Senate

The Kinghan 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
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