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Where did the Scottish Kinghorn family come from? What is the Scottish Kinghorn family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kinghorn family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kinghorn family history?

The chronicles of the Kinghorn family reach back into Scottish history to an ancient tribe known as the Picts. The ancestors of the Kinghorn family lived in the barony of Kinghorn in the county of Fife. The surname Kinghorn belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

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When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. Kinghorn has been written Kyngorn, Kinghorn, Kinghorne, Kingorn, Kynghorn, Kyngorne, Kynghorne, Kinghan and many more.

First found in Fife, where they had been anciently seated, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kinghorn research. Another 175 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1292, 1296, 1513, and 1597 are included under the topic Early Kinghorn History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Kinghorn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Kinghorn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 149 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Kinghorn:

Kinghorn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • James Kinghorn who landed in America in 1771

Kinghorn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Kinghorn, aged 44, landed in New York in 1812
  • Henry Kinghorn, who arrived in New York, NY in 1846
  • William Kinghorn, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1852
  • George, Kinghorn Jr., who landed in New Orleans, La in 1852

Kinghorn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Kinghorn arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1865

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  • Warren Kinghorn, Scottish American physician
  • John G. Kinghorn, American politician, mayor of Littleton, Colorado
  • Henry McGill Kinghorn (1886-1955), Scottish football goalkeeper
  • William Oliver Kinghorn, Chief Agricultural Officer
  • Fred Kinghorn, Australian rugby league footballer
  • Barbara Kinghorn, British actress, member of the Royal Shakespeare company from 1980 to 1983


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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

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The Kinghorn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kinghorn Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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