Kingsmale is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived close to or beside the King's mill. Kingsmale 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 Kingsmale family
The surname Kingsmale 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The same rolls lists Peter de Kingesmill in Wiltshire
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Kingsmale family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kingsmale research.Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1260, 1504, 1823, 1465, 1509, 1556, 1541, 1549, 1661 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Kingsmale History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kingsmale Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Kingsmale family name include Kingsmill, Kingsmell and others.
Early Notables of the Kingsmale family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir John Kingsmill (1465-1509), Justice of the Common Pleas; Sir John Kingsmill (died 1556), High Sheriff
of Hampshire; William Kingsmill, the... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kingsmale Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kingsmale family to Ireland
Some of the Kingsmale family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 67 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kingsmale family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Kingsmale surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Richard Kingsmell settled with his wife Jane and son and daughter in Virginia in 1624; James Kingsmill settled in Virginia in 1635.