Kinington History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Kinington is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in one of the places called Kennington in Berkshire, Kent, or Surrey. The surname Kinington belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Kinington family

The surname Kinington was first found in Kent, Berkshire and Surrey, where they held a family seat before the Norman Conquest. The district of Kennington in Surrey is by far the oldest places on record. "The name is said to be of Saxon origin, there having been a royal palace here prior to the Conquest, whence the appellation Cynington, from the Saxon Cyning, a king. Kennington is distinguished in history as the scene of the banquet, or marriage festival of a Danish nobleman, at which Hardicanute, the son of Canute the Great, became the victim of his own intemperance, or, according to some writers, was poisoned." [1]

Early History of the Kinington family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kinington research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1086, 1222, 1273, 1273, 1369 and 1795 are included under the topic Early Kinington History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kinington Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Kinington are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Kinington include: Kennington, Kenington, Keninton, Kenyngeton and many more.

Early Notables of the Kinington family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Kinington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Kinington family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Kinington or a variant listed above: John Kennington, who sailed to Pennsylvania in 1777 and Andrew and Catherine Kenning, who settled in Mobile, Alabama in 1832.



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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