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
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. CITATION[CLOSE]
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 Kingsmill family
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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; Sir John Kingsmill (died 1556), High Sheriff of Hampshire; William Kingsmill, the...
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Migration of the Kingsmill family to Ireland
Some of the Kingsmill family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Kingsmill family to the New World and Oceana
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
Kingsmill Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Kingsmill (post 1700)
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