The name Kingsmile is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived close to or beside the King's mill. Kingsmile 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 Kingsmile family
The surname Kingsmile 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 Kingsmile family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kingsmile research.Another 203 words (14 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 Kingsmile History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kingsmile Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Kingsmile are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Kingsmile include: Kingsmill, Kingsmell and others.
Early Notables of the Kingsmile 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... Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kingsmile Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kingsmile family to Ireland
Some of the Kingsmile family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 73 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 Kingsmile family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Kingsmile or a variant listed above: Richard Kingsmell settled with his wife Jane and son and daughter in Virginia in 1624; James Kingsmill settled in Virginia in 1635.