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Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Kinsella originally appeared in Gaelic as Cinnsealach. This surname is derived from the Clan name Ui Ceinnsealaigh.

Kinsella Early Origins



The surname Kinsella was first found in County Wexford (Irish: Loch Garman), founded by Vikings as Waesfjord, and located in Southeastern Ireland, in the province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Kinsella Spelling Variations


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Kinsella Spelling Variations



Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origins of the Kinsella family name include Kinsella, Kinsellagh, Kincheloe,Kenselloe, Kinsello and many more.

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Kinsella Early History


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Kinsella Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kinsella research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kinsella History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kinsella Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kinsella Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kinsella Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Kinsella name:

Kinsella Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Alexander Kinsella who settled in America in 1846
  • William Kinsella, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1855
  • Matthew Kinsella, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • Michael Kinsella, who settled in Philadelphia in 1860

Kinsella Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Kinsella, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1821
  • Edward Kinsella, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
  • Mr. William Kinsella, aged 22 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Coromandel" departing from the port of Dublin, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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. 38)

Kinsella Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Kinsella, aged 28, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "British Empire"
  • Eliza Kinsella, aged 28, a servant, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1850
  • Edward Kinsella, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett,"
  • Margaret Kinsella, aged 22, a seamstress, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "William Hammond"
  • Honoria Kinsella, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "John Banks"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kinsella Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • M. A. Kinsella arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Countess of Kintore" in 1870

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kinsella (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kinsella (post 1700)



  • Walter Kinsella (1900-1975), American theater, television and radio actor
  • Walter A. Kinsella (1885-1971), American squash player, World Squash Champion from 1914 to 1926
  • John Pitann Kinsella (b. 1952), American former competition swimmer and Olympic champion at the 1972 Summer Olympics
  • Norman Stephan Kinsella (b. 1965), American intellectual property lawyer and author
  • Tim Kinsella (b. 1974), American musician
  • Mike Kinsella (b. 1977), American musician
  • John Kinsella (b. 1947), Irish retired hurler
  • Thomas Kinsella (b. 1928), Irish poet, translator, editor, and publisher
  • Jimmy Kinsella (b. 1939), Irish professional golfer
  • William Patrick "W.P." Kinsella OC, OBC (1935-2016), Canadian novelist, best known for his novel Shoeless Joe (1982), which was adapted into the movie Field of Dreams in 1989 starring Kevin Kostner from which the now famous expression "If you build it, they will come" expression originated
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Kinsella Historic Events


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Kinsella Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Louis Kinsella (d. 1912), aged 30, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Citations


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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. 38)

Other References

  1. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  8. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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The Kinsella Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kinsella 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.

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