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Where did the Scottish Kinnard family come from? What is the Scottish Kinnard family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kinnard family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kinnard family history?

The Kinnard family saga is rooted in the people of the Pictish Clan of ancient Scotland. The Kinnard family lived in the barony of Kinnaird in the county of Perth; and as such, the surname belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.


Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations of the name Kinnard include Kinnard, Kinnaird, Kynnard, Kennard, Kynharde, Kinzerd, Kinnart, Kynnart and many more.

First found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times in the barony named Kinnaird.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kinnard research. Another 331 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1296, 1428, 1435, 1449, 1546, 1567, 1622, 1689, 1661 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Kinnard History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 55 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kinnard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Kinnard:

Kinnard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Kinnard settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1786

Kinnard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • D. Kinnard settled in New York State in 1823
  • Charles Kinnard, who arrived in New York in 1835


  • Lieutenant General. Harry Kinnard (1916-2009), American Army officer who pioneered the airmobile concept during the Vietnam War, awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal (2), Legion of Merit (2) and the Silver Star Bronze St
  • George L. Kinnard (1803-1836), American politician, U.S. Representative from Indiana
  • William N. Kinnard Jr. (1926-2001), American real estate educator, author, and expert in the field of appraisal
  • Cannon Kinnard, American producer, known for his work on One of a Kind: Cars (2012)
  • Christian Kinnard, American film editor, known for his work on The Mindy Project (2012-2013)
  • Graham Charles Kinnard, 13th Lord Kinnaird, 5th Baron Kinnaird
  • Wendy Kinnard (b. 1959), Jersey-born politician, Home Affairs Minister (2005-2008), former Senator of Jersey


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: Qui patitur vincit
Motto Translation: He conquers who endures.


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The Kinnard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kinnard Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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