as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1260 when Pestell Kin held estates in that shire.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kins research.Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1268, 1271, 1329, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Kins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Kins has been spelled many different ways, including Kin, Kinn, Kine, Kins, Kinne, Kyne, Cyne, Kyn and others.
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Kinss to arrive in North America:
Kins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- George Kins, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1773