The proud Kingsford family originated in Cornwall
, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England
. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name
. The manner in which hereditary surnames
arose is interesting. Local
surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Kingsford family originally lived in Devon
, at the village of Kingsford.
Early Origins of the Kingsford family
The surname Kingsford was first found in Devon
, where they were settled from ancient times.
Early History of the Kingsford family
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Kingsford Spelling Variations
Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England
, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations
often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall
and the rest of England
. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic
language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Kingsford, Kingford, Kingforde, Kingsforde and others.
Early Notables of the Kingsford family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kingsford family to the New World and Oceana
In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Kingsford were found:
Kingsford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Nicholas Kingsford, who sailed to Virginia in 1641
Kingsford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Philip Kingsford to Maryland in 1775
Kingsford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Fanny Kingsford, aged 37, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
- J. Kingsford, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Queen" in 1883
Contemporary Notables of the name Kingsford (post 1700)
- Robert Kingsford (1849-1895), English footballer
- Herbert Kingsford (1862-1911), English poet
- Charles Lethbridge Kingsford (1862-1926), English historian and topographer
- Anna Kingsford (1846-1888), one of the first English women, to obtain a degree in medicine
- Guy Kingsford (1911-1986), British actor of the '40s and '50s
- William Kingsford (1819-1898), English-born Canadian historian
- Walter Kingsford (1882-1958), British actor
- Philip Kingsford (b. 1891), British Olympic athlete