Kingsmal History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestors of the Kingsmal surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived close to or beside the King's mill. Kingsmal is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.
Early Origins of the Kingsmal family
The surname Kingsmal was first found in Hampshire where in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 "Hugo de la Kingesmille 'Hugh of the King's Mill' was one of the jurors who gave evidence during an inquisition touching the manors belonging to that monarch in Hampshire."  The same rolls lists Peter de Kingesmill in Wiltshire. 
Early History of the Kingsmal family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kingsmal research. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1260, 1504, 1823, 1465, 1509, 1538, 1569, 1605, 1677, 1556, 1541, 1549, 1661 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Kingsmal History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kingsmal Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Kingsmal include Kingsmill, Kingsmell and others.
Early Notables of the Kingsmal family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir John Kingsmill (1465-1509), Justice of the Common Pleas; Andrew Kingsmill (1538-1569), English puritan divine from Sidmonton, Hampshire; Thomas Kingsmill ( fl. 1605), English regius professor of Hebrew at Oxford; Richard Kingsmill (d. 1677), English Baptist minister and...
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Migration of the Kingsmal family to Ireland
Some of the Kingsmal family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Kingsmal family
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Richard Kingsmell settled with his wife Jane and son and daughter in Virginia in 1624; James Kingsmill settled in Virginia in 1635.
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- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)