Kinghorne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Kinghorne family saga is rooted in the people of the Pictish Clan of ancient Scotland. The Kinghorne family lived in the barony of Kinghorn in the county of Fife. The surname Kinghorne belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Kinghorne family

The surname Kinghorne 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.

Important Dates for the Kinghorne family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kinghorne research. Another 120 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1292, 1296, 1597 and 1513 are included under the topic Early Kinghorne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kinghorne Spelling Variations

Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations of the name Kinghorne include Kyngorn, Kinghorn, Kinghorne, Kingorn, Kynghorn, Kyngorne, Kynghorne, Kinghan and many more.

Early Notables of the Kinghorne family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Kinghorne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Kinghorne family to Ireland

Some of the Kinghorne 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.

Kinghorne 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:

Kinghorne Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Kinghorne, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1844
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