Kinross History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Kinross family

The surname Kinross was first found in the lands of Kinross in Kinross-shire. [1] The first record of the family was Gillebertus de Kinros who attested a St. Andrews charter. c. 1170.

"Later, Henry de Kyrnos witnessed grants to the Abbey of Arnbroath, c. 1204-1211 and to the Abbey of Cambuskenneth, c. 1214. He also witnessed a confirmation charter by William the Lion, c. 1201, and is doubtless the Henricus de Kinros who attests other charters about the same period. Johannes de Kinros granted a charter to Alexander de Oggoluin (Ogilvie) of lands of Belaucht before 1232. John de Kynros who witnessed a quitclaim of the land of Drumkarauch, 1260, is probably John de Kynros who was sheriff of Kinros in 1266. Gilbert de Kynros had the lands of Cuthylgrudyn given him for life, 1263, and Thomas de Kynros was empowered in 1275 to appoint and remove attorneys at pleasure. Master Aco de Kynross rendered homage, 1291 [to King Edward I of England.]" [2]

Early History of the Kinross family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kinross research. Another 124 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1204, 1266, 1398, 1597 and 1635 are included under the topic Early Kinross History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kinross Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kinross, Kynros, Kinros, Kynross and others.

Early Notables of the Kinross family (pre 1700)

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New Zealand Kinross 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:

Kinross Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Kinross, Scottish settler from Dunblane travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 27th April 1860 [3]
  • Robert Kinross, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • Thomas Kinross, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British King" in 1883
  • Agnes Kinross, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British King" in 1883
  • Violet Kinross, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British King" in 1883

Contemporary Notables of the name Kinross (post 1700) +

  • Nancy Joan Kinross CBE (1926-2021), New Zealand nurse and nursing academic, the first professor of nursing at Massey University, second female professor at the university
  • Private Cecil John Kinross (1896-1957), Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross during the First World War [4]


  1. ^ Sims, Clifford Stanley The Origin and Signification of Scottish Surnames. 1862. Print.
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ Cecil Kinross. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Cecil Kinross. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cecil_John_Kinross


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