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

The name Kingsbury is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in one of the various parishes called Kingsberry, which had locations in the counties of Middlesex, Warwickshire, and Somerset.


Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Kingsbury were recorded, including Kingsberry, Kingsbury and others.

First found in Lincolnshire. The family's earliest known family member is Sir Ralf of Bracebridge, who was born in 975 in Bracebridge, Lincolnshire, England. The first known family member to bear the surname "Kingsbury" was Adam de Kingsbury, who was born c. 1240 in Kingsbury, Warwickshire.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kingsbury research. Another 155 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 127 and 1273 are included under the topic Early Kingsbury History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Kingsbury family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Kingsbury family emigrate to North America:

Kingsbury Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Joseph Kingsbury, who landed in Dedham, Massachusetts in 1628-1630
  • Henry Kingsbury, who arrived in New England in 1630
  • Henry Kingsbury settled in Boston in 1630 with his wife Margaret and son Henry
  • Thomas Kingsbury settled in Salem in 1630
  • Thomas Kingsbury, who arrived in New England in 1630

Kingsbury Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • W B Kingsbury, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Kingsbury Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Kingsbury, aged 27, a plumber, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Magdalena"
  • Samuel Kingsbury, aged 26, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Star Queen"


  • Bobby Kingsbury (b. 1980), American baseball player
  • Edward M. Kingsbury, American journalist
  • William W. Kingsbury (1828-1892), American politician
  • Klifford Kingsbury (b. 1979), American football coach and former NFL quarterback
  • Kyle Loren Kingsbury (b. 1982), American mixed martial artist
  • Donald MacDonald Kingsbury (b. 1929), American two-time Hugo nominated and Prometheus Award winning science fiction author
  • Karen Kingsbury (b. 1963), American Christian novelist
  • Bruce Steel Kingsbury (1918-1942), Australian soldier awarded the Victoria Cross during WWII
  • Jon Kingsbury, Canadian politician
  • Tim Kingsbury, Canadian musician



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: Prudens et innoccuus
Motto Translation: Wise and innoccuus


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  11. ...

The Kingsbury Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kingsbury 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.

This page was last modified on 19 March 2015 at 13:00.

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