Kingston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Kingston is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a 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 Kingston originally derived from the place of residence known in Old English as Cyninges-tun.

Early Origins of the Kingston family

The surname Kingston 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." [1] 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." [1]

Important Dates for the Kingston family

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Kingston Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Kingston were recorded, including Kingston, Kingstone, Kingstoun, Kingstown, Kingstoune and many more.

Early Notables of the Kingston 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 Kingston family to Ireland

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Kingston migration to the United States

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Kingston family emigrate to North America:

Kingston Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ellis Kingston who arrived in Virginia in 1607
  • James Kingston, who settled in Barbados in 1635
  • James Kingston, aged 22, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [2]
  • Tho Kingston, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [2]
  • Elizabeth Kingston, who arrived in Virginia in 1670
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Kingston Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Elias Kingston, who arrived in New England in 1711 [2]
Kingston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles H Kingston, who arrived in America in 1805 [2]
  • Edward Kingston, who landed in Louisiana in 1810 [2]
  • Mary Kingston, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812 [2]
  • Richard Kingston, aged 32, who landed in Tennessee in 1812 [2]
  • Samuel Kingston, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1812 [2]
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Kingston migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kingston Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mrs. Kingston Dorothea U.E. who settled in Parr Town [Saint John], New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]
  • Mr. Kingston James U.E. who settled in Parr Town [Saint John], New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]
Kingston Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Kingston, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • Elizabeth Kingston, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1832
  • Paul Kingston, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1833
  • Miss. Ann Kingston, aged 1 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Wellington" departing 29th July 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 20th September 1847 but she died on board [4]
  • Mr. Ernest Kingston, aged 36 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Jessie" departing 3rd June 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 24th July 1847 but he died on board [4]
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Kingston migration to Australia

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

Kingston Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Benjamin Kingston, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • Thomas Kingston, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • George Strickland Kingston a surveyor, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836 [7]
  • George Strickland Kingston, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 [8]
  • Harriet Ann Stuart Kingston, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 [8]
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Kingston migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Kingston Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Hester Kingston, (b. 1835), aged 25, English settler from Somerset travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "William Miles" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st August 1860 [9]
  • Mr. Henry Kingston, (b. 1838), aged 22, English sawyer from Somerset travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "William Miles" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st August 1860 [9]
  • J. L. Kingston a surgeon, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865
  • Paul Kingston, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dilharree" in 1875
  • Mr. Kingston, British settler travelling from London via Cape ports aboard the ship "Pembroke Castle" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 5th November 1889 [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kingston (post 1700)

  • Ashwell Kingston (b. 1988), American editor of Predator: The Quietus
  • Kenny Kingston (1927-2014), American psychic medium; he did readings for John Wayne, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Rex Harrison, Lucille Ball and many more
  • Maxine Hong Kingston (b. 1940), Chinese American writer
  • General Robert Charles Kingston (1928-2007), American general who served as the commander of United States Central Command [10]
  • Richard Kingston, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Dartmouth, 1884 [11]
  • John T. Kingston Jr., American Democrat politician, Member of Wisconsin State Senate, 1891-93 [11]
  • John T. Kingston, American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Senate, 1857-58, 1861-62, 1882-83; Presidential Elector for Wisconsin, 1880 [11]
  • John Heddens Kingston (b. 1955), American Republican politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives, 1985-93; U.S. Representative from Georgia 1st District, 1993- [11]
  • John E. Kingston (1920-1996), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1960-74; District Judge in New York, 1990-94; Justice of New York Supreme Court, 1995 [11]
  • Harry T. Kingston, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Philadelphia County, 1903; Resigned 1903 [11]
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Kingston family

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Garrett Cotor  Kingston (1845-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [12]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Jack Kingston (b. 1920), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [13]

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 83)
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Cygnet arrived Holdfast Bay, Adealide Sept. 11, 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Cygnet.htm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Eden.htm
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ Robert Kingston. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Robert Kingston. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_C._Kingston
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  12. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  13. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
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