The earliest origins of the family name Kingmen date back to the Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It was a name given to a person who was of a kingly nature or appearance.
The surname Kingmen originally derived from the Old English Cyng
which referred to one with noble features or characteristics of a King.
The surname Kingmen 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 Kingmen family
The surname Kingmen was first found in Norfolk
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Kingmen family
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Kingmen Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Kingmen include Kingsman, Kingman, Kyngesman, Kingmen, Kingsmen and others.
Early Notables of the Kingmen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kingmen family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Robert Kingsman, who sailed to New England
in 1633; Henry and Joane Kingman, who came to Massachusetts in 1635 with five children, Lee Kingman, who arrived in Virginia in 1650.