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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.

Kingsford Early Origins



The surname Kingsford was first found in Devon, where they were settled from ancient times.

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Kingsford Spelling Variations


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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.

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Kingsford Early History


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Kingsford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kingsford research. Another 186 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1273, 1372, 1746, 1751, 1846, and 1888 are included under the topic Early Kingsford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kingsford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kingsford Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kingsford (post 1700)


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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

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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    The Kingsford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kingsford 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 3 June 2013 at 04:28.

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