Kingstom History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancient roots of the Kingstom family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Kingstom comes from when the family lived on lands or manors known as royal settlements. These royal settlements or Cyninges-tun were located throughout various towns and parishes in England. The surname Kingstom originally derived from the place of residence known in Old English as Cyninges-tun.
Early Origins of the Kingstom family
The surname Kingstom was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very early times. "The manor-house [of Miserden] is said to have been built with the materials of the castle, and was, with the manor and estates, the property of the Kingston family, and their usual residence prior to the reign of James I."  The township of West Thornton in Northumberland was home to another ancient branch of the family. " Between the township and the river Hart is a farm of about 100 acres, which belonged to the Knights Templars, from whom the hamlet obtained the name of Temple-Thornton: this property, on the suppression of the order, was consigned, with their other estates in the county, to John de Kingston." 
Early History of the Kingstom family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kingstom research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1175, 1540, 1519, 1556, 1545, 1552, 1553, 1555, 1635, 1710 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Kingstom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kingstom Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Kingstom has appeared include Kingston, Kingstone, Kingstoun, Kingstown, Kingstoune and many more.
Early Notables of the Kingstom family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir William Kingston (died 1540), Constable of the Tower; he was of a Gloucestershire family, settled at Painswick; Sir Anthony Kingston (1519-1556), provost-marshal in Cornwall, Member of Parliament...
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Migration of the Kingstom family to Ireland
Some of the Kingstom family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kingstom family
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Kingstom arrived in North America very early: Ellis Kingston who arrived in Virginia in 1607; followed by Elizabeth in 1670; James Kingston settled in Barbados in 1635; followed by John and his wife Phillis in 1679.
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.