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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. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 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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