Show ContentsKingstone History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Kingstone has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name 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 Kingstone originally derived from the place of residence known in Old English as Cyninges-tun.

Early Origins of the Kingstone family

The surname Kingstone 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]

Early History of the Kingstone family

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Kingstone 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 Kingstone have been found, including Kingston, Kingstone, Kingstoun, Kingstown, Kingstoune and many more.

Early Notables of the Kingstone 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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Ireland Migration of the Kingstone family to Ireland

Some of the Kingstone 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.

United States Kingstone 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 Kingstone, or a variant listed above:

Kingstone Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ann Kingstone, who arrived in Virginia in 1664 [2]
  • An Kingstone, who landed in Virginia in 1666 [2]
  • Elizabeth Kingstone, who landed in Maryland in 1671 [2]
Kingstone Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Kingstone, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [2]
  • Thomas Kingstone, who settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1733

Australia Kingstone migration to Australia +

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

Kingstone Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Kingstone, Welsh convict who was convicted in New Radnor (Radnor), Radnorshire, Wales for 10 years, transported aboard the "China" on 120th January 1846, arriving in Norfolk Island, Australia [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kingstone (post 1700) +

  • Mr. Steven Bruce Kingstone M.V.O., British former Media Secretary for the Queen’s Media, was appointed Member of the Royal Victorian Order on 29th December 2018 [4]

  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. Convict Records of Australia. Retrieved 5th February 2021 from
  4. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook