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

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.

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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kinner research. Another 134 words(10 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.

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More information is included under the topic Early Kinner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Kinner family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 91 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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
  • John and Elizabeth Kinner settled in New York in 1774 with sons Nicholas and Anthony and daughter Elizabeth

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The Kinner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kinner 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.

This page was last modified on 29 February 2012 at 11:22.

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