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Kingsley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Kingsley is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Kingsley family lived in one of the places called Kingsley in Cheshire or Staffordshire having derived from the Old English word cyningesleah, which means wood or clearing of the king. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Thus, Kingsley is a classic example of an English polygenetic surname, which is a surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.


Early Origins of the Kingsley family


The surname Kingsley was first found in Cheshire where a "township and estate, the property of Sir Ranulph de Kingsley before 1128 was found. In the XVIII century the family divided into two branches, the younger continuing the name of Kingsley, the elder adopting that of De Aula or Hale." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Another early listing of the name was Adam de Kyngeslegh who was listed in East Cheshire. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Kingsley is a township, civil parish and a village in the parish of Frodsham, union of Runcorn. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
It was first listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Chingeslie. [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

One of the first records of the family was Kynsige, Kinsius, Kinsi or Cynesige (d. 1060), Archbishop of York "who, it is said, was brought into the world by a Caesarean operation." [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lee, Sir Stanley, Dictionary of National Biography London: The MacMillan Company 1909. Print


Early History of the Kingsley family


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Kingsley Spelling Variations


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Kingsley has been recorded under many different variations, including Kingsley, Kingsleigh, Kingslee, Kinsey and others.

Early Notables of the Kingsley family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Kingsley family to the New World and Oceana


To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Kingsleys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Kingsley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Kingsley, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • William Kingsley, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Steven Kingsley, who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630
  • John Kingsley, who landed in Massachusetts in 1630-1634 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • John Kingsley, who settled in Salem and was a prominent Quaker in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kingsley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Kingsley, who landed in America in 1811 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Kingsley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Kingsley, aged 46, a porter, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Eliza" [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELIZA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Eliza.htm
  • Samuel Kingsley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eliza" in 1849 [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELIZA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Eliza.htm

Contemporary Notables of the name Kingsley (post 1700)


  • Zephaniah Kingsley Jr. (1765-1843), English-born, American plantation owner, slave trader, and merchant, known for his leniency and tolerance
  • John Sterling Kingsley (1854-1929), American professor of biology and zoology
  • Sidney Kingsley (1906-1995), American playwright
  • Second Lieutenant David R Kingsley (1918-1944), American Army Air Force officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Sir Ben Kingsley CBE (b. 1943), born Krishna Pandit Bhanji, an English Academy Award, BAFTA, two-time Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award winning actor, he won an Oscar for his performance as Indian leader Gandhi in the 1982 film "Gandhi"
  • Henry Kingsley (1830-1876), English novelist, brother of Charles Kingsley
  • Matthew "Matt" Kingsley (1875-1960), English football goalkeeper
  • Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), English Church of England priest, university professor, historian, novelist and close friend and correspondent with Charles Darwin
  • Mary Kingsley (1862-1900), English writer and explorer, she was a great influence on European ideas about Africa and the African people
  • Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley (1793-1870), West African slave turned slaveholder and plantation owner in Florida, wife of Zephaniah Kingsley
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  6. ^ Lee, Sir Stanley, Dictionary of National Biography London: The MacMillan Company 1909. Print
  7. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELIZA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Eliza.htm


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