Kinkyn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Kinkyn was first used as a surname by descendants of the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. The ancestors of the Kinkyn family lived in the barony of Kinghorn in the county of Fife. The surname Kinkyn belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Kinkyn family

The surname Kinkyn was first found in Fife, at the historic former Royal Burgh of Kinghorn, now a town which derives its name from the Scottish Gaelic Ceann Gronna, meaning "head of the marsh" or "head of the bog." Perhaps best known as the place where King Alexander III of Scotland died, this town is steeped in history including the former castle in Kinghorn which was frequently visited by the Scottish Court in the period of the House of Dunkeld. No trace of the castle can be found today. King Alexander III returned here to see his new wife Yolande of Dreux, but fell from his horse on the way and was found dead on the beach of Pettycur bay.

Important Dates for the Kinkyn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kinkyn research. Another 120 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1292, 1296, 1597 and 1513 are included under the topic Early Kinkyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kinkyn Spelling Variations

Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Kinkyn has appeared Kyngorn, Kinghorn, Kinghorne, Kingorn, Kynghorn, Kyngorne, Kynghorne, Kinghan and many more.

Early Notables of the Kinkyn family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Kinkyn family to Ireland

Some of the Kinkyn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 84 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Kinkyn family

Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Kinkyn: James Kinghorn who landed in America in 1771; William Kingham settled in Barbados in 1674; Thomas Kingham settled in Maryland in 1722.

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