Kingsmill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Kingsmill dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived close to or beside the King's mill. Kingsmill 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 Kingsmill family

The surname Kingsmill 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." [1] The same rolls lists Peter de Kingesmill in Wiltshire. [2]

Early History of the Kingsmill family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kingsmill 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 Kingsmill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kingsmill Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Kingsmill have been found, including Kingsmill, Kingsmell and others.

Early Notables of the Kingsmill 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 Kingsmill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Kingsmill family to Ireland

Some of the Kingsmill family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 39 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Kingsmill migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Kingsmill, or a variant listed above:

Kingsmill Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Kingsmill, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • James Kingsmill, aged 18, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [3]

Australia Kingsmill migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kingsmill Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Allen Kingsmill, aged 30, Irish convict from Queens County, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Walter Davies Kingsmill, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Success" in 1848 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kingsmill (post 1700) +

  • Sir Robert Brice Kingsmill (1730-1805), 1st Baronet, British officer of the Royal Navy who served during the Seven Years' War, the American War of Independence and the French Revolutionary Wars
  • Richard Kingsmill (b. 1964), Australian radio announcer, music journalist
  • John Kingsmill (b. 1920), Australian author and public speaker
  • Lieutenant-Colonel William Henry Kingsmill DSO MC (1905-1971), British politician and businessman
  • Admiral Sir Charles Edmund Kingsmill (1855-1935), Canadian first director of the Department of the Naval Service of Canada
  • Sir Walter Kingsmill (1864-1935), Australian politician and footballer, Senator for Western Australia (1923-1936)
  • John Kingsmill Cavell (1916-2017), British Anglican bishop and centenarian, Bishop of Southampton (1972–1984)
  • Thomas Kingsmill Abbott (1829-1913), Irish scholar and educator

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SUCCESS 1848. Retrieved from on Facebook
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