Kinnear History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The annals of Scottish history reveal that Kinnear was first used as a name by descendants of the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland. The Kinnear family lived in the lands of Kinnear, which lie near Wormit in the county of Fife. The surname Kinnear belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Kinnear family

The surname Kinnear was first found in Fife, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Kinnear family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kinnear research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1216, 1296, 1543, and 1574 are included under the topic Early Kinnear History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kinnear Spelling Variations

During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations of the name Kinnear include Kinnear, Kynnier, Kynnair, Kenneir, Kinner, Kinnier, MacEnir and many more.

Early Notables of the Kinnear family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Kinnear family to Ireland

Some of the Kinnear 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.

Kinnear migration to the United States

Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia and North America. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of Kinnear:

Kinnear Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • David Kinnear, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1844

Kinnear migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kinnear Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Kinnear, aged 22, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838
  • Margaret Kinnear, aged 23, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838
  • John Kinnear, aged 1, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838
  • Miss. Ann Kinnear, aged 2 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Aberdeen" departing 1st May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 13th June 1847 but she died on board [1]
  • Mr. Matthew Kinnear, aged 4 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Free Trader" departing 22nd June 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 14th August 1847 but he died on board [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kinnear migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kinnear Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Alexandrina A.V. Kinnear, aged 14, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Emily" [2]
  • Jacinda C.D. Kinnear, aged 16, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Emily" [2]
  • L.C.D. Kinnear, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849 [2]
  • A.A.V. Kinnear, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849 [2]
  • Michael Kinnear, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Hyderabad" [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kinnear migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Kinnear Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles Kinnear, (b. 1843), aged 16, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kinnear (post 1700)

  • George E. R. "Gus" Kinnear II (1928-2015), American four star admiral in the United States Navy
  • Kent Kinnear (b. 1966), American former professional tennis player
  • George Kinnear (1836-1912), American real estate developer in Seattle, Washington,responsible for the development of Queen Anne Hill
  • Dominic Kinnear (b. 1967), Scottish-born, American former soccer player
  • Gregory "Greg" Kinnear (b. 1963), Academy Award-nominated American actor
  • Samuel A. Kinnear, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Columbus, Ohio, 1914-22 [5]
  • John B. Kinnear, American politician, Mayor of Takoma Park, Maryland, 1902-06 [5]
  • Jack Kinnear, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nevada, 1944 [5]
  • George Kinnear, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Washington, 1956, 1960 [5]
  • William Duthie Kinnear (1880-1974), Scottish gold medalist rower at the 1912 Summer Olympics
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Citations

  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 83)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The EMILY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Emily.htm
  3. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 15th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Hyderabad 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/hyderabad1854.shtml.
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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