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Kingstown History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Kingstown is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Kingstown family once 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 Kingstown originally derived from the place of residence known in Old English as Cyninges-tun.

Early Origins of the Kingstown family


The surname Kingstown 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Early History of the Kingstown family


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Kingstown Spelling Variations


Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Kingstown family name include Kingston, Kingstone, Kingstoun, Kingstown, Kingstoune and many more.

Early Notables of the Kingstown 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 Kingstown family to Ireland


Some of the Kingstown family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Kingstown family to the New World and Oceana


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Kingstown surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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