Kinner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The current generations of the Kinner family have inherited a surname that was first used hundreds of years ago by descendants of the ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. The Kinner family lived in the lands of Kinnear, which lie near Wormit in the county of Fife. The surname Kinner belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Kinner family

The surname Kinner 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.

Early History of the Kinner family

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

Kinner Spelling Variations

Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations. In various documents, Kinner has been spelled Kinnear, Kynnier, Kynnair, Kenneir, Kinner, Kinnier, MacEnir and many more.

Early Notables of the Kinner family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Kinner family to Ireland

Some of the Kinner 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.


United States Kinner migration to the United States +

The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Kinner:

Kinner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Kinner, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [1]
  • John and Elizabeth Kinner, who settled in New York in 1774 with sons Nicholas and Anthony and daughter Elizabeth

Australia Kinner migration to Australia +

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

Kinner Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Mary Kinner, (Thompson), (b. 1826), aged 25, Irish house maid who was convicted in County Monaghan, Ireland for 7 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Blackfriar" on 24th January 1851, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kinner (post 1700) +

  • F. L. Kinner, American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Bradford County, 1893-96; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1900 [3]
  • Edwin B. Kinner, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1936 [3]
  • Kinner Newcomb, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Clinton and Franklin counties, 1808-09 [4]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 13th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blackfriar
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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