Kinion History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Kinion comes from the family having resided in the township of Kenyon found in the parish of Winwick in the county of Lancashire. [1]

Early Origins of the Kinion family

The surname Kinion was first found in Lancashire where Lord Kenyon's family are descended from the Kenyons of Peele and their surname is doubtless derived from the township of Kenyon in that shire. [2]

"Early mention is made of a family of the local name, and also of the Lauton family, of whom Jordan de Lauton, in the reign of Edward I., assumed the name of Kenyon. Kenyon Hall, the original residence of the Kenyons, was rebuilt in the 17th century, and is the property of the earl [of Wilton]. " [1]

Lowton in Lancashire "gave name to a family who subsequently adopted the surname of Kenyon from their possessions in a neighbouring township." [1]

Early History of the Kinion family

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Kinion Spelling Variations

Kinion has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Kenyon, Kenion, Kennion and others.

Early Notables of the Kinion family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Kinion family to Ireland

Some of the Kinion 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 Kinion family

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Kinions to arrive on North American shores: Henry Kenyon arrived in Philadelphia in 1795; Bernard, James, Peter, Robert, Samuel and Thomas Kenyon all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..


Contemporary Notables of the name Kinion (post 1700) +

  • Cheryl 'Pickles' Kinion, American makeup artist, known for Minority Report (2002) and Body of Lies (2008)
  • Roger Kinion, American writer and editor, known for Hard Time (1996) and Acts of God (2005)
  • Mike Kinion, American engineer for Intel Corporation who hold two patents from the 1990s
  • Elizabeth Kinion, American Professor, College of Nursing, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana
  • Darin Kinion, American physicist, known for his work in dark-matter axions


The Kinion Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Magnanimiter crucem sustine
Motto Translation: Sustain the cross (i.e. support afflictions) with magnanimity.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


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