Kingman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Kingman has a history dating as far back as the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was of a kingly nature or appearance. The surname Kingman originally derived from the Old English Cyng which referred to one with noble features or characteristics of a King. The surname Kingman also referred to an actor who played the role of a king in pageants or plays. He may have also played the role of King of Misrule in a tournament. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Early Origins of the Kingman family

The surname Kingman was first found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Kingman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kingman research. Another 102 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1166, 1184, 1379, 1533, 1573 and 1611 are included under the topic Early Kingman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kingman Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Kingman have been found, including Kingsman, Kingman, Kyngesman, Kingmen, Kingsmen and others.

Early Notables of the Kingman family (pre 1700)

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United States Kingman migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Kingman, or a variant listed above:

Kingman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry and Joane Kingman, who settled in Massachusetts in 1635 with five children
  • Henry Kingman journeyed to Massachusetts in 1635 with his wife and five children
  • Henry Kingman, who landed in Weymouth, Massachusetts in 1636 [1]
  • Leo Kingman, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [1]
  • Lee Kingman, who sailed to Virginia in 1650
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Kingman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Sarah Kingman to Maryland in 1740
  • Sarah Kingman, who settled in Maryland in 1740
  • Sarah Kingman, who landed in Maryland in 1740 [1]
Kingman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Kingman, who arrived at San Francisco in 1852
  • William Kingman to San Francisco in 1852

Canada Kingman migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kingman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Richard Kingman, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Contemporary Notables of the name Kingman (post 1700) +

  • Brigadier-General John Jennings Kingman (1882-1948), American President of California Debris Commission (1936-1937) [2]
  • Brigadier-General Allen Frederick Kingman (1893-1988), American Commanding General 2nd Armored Division (1943) [3]
  • Dave Kingman (b. 1948), American Major League Baseball player
  • Dong Kingman (1911-2000), American artist
  • Sir John Kingman (b. 1939), British mathematician and vice-chancellor of Bristol University
  • Eduardo Kingman (1913-1998), Ecuadorian artist
  • Brian Kingman (b. 1954), former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Robert Kingman Goodwin (1905-1983), American Republican politician, Mayor of Redfield, Iowa, 1938-40; U.S. Representative from Iowa 6th District, 1940-41 [4]
  • Kingman Douglass (1896-1971), American investment banker and Deputy Director of Central Intelligence in 1946
  • Kingman Brewster Jr. (1919-1988), American educator, President of Yale University (1963-1977)

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Richard  Kingman (1873-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [5]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, April 2) John Kingman. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Kingman/John_Jennings/USA.html
  3. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, April 2) Allen Kingman. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Kingman/Allen_Frederick/USA.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance


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