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The Kinser surname has several possible origins: no doubt some instances of this surname evolved from an Old English personal name made up of two elements, "cyne," or "royal" and "sige," or "victory." In Yorkshire, it is generally thought that bearers of Kinser may have taken the name from a place name. Still other instances of Kinser probably derive from a variation of the Kingsley surname. In any case, it would seem that this surname predates the Norman invasion of Britain.
The surname Kinser was first found in Gloucestershire where the first on record of the name was William Kynsei, who was recorded in the "Inquisitiones post mortem" for Gloucestershire. Other early records show a William Kynnesay in 1471, who was the vicar of Hitcham, County Norfolk. The Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1525 show George Kynsey. Margaret Kynsee is listed in the Pipe Rolls for Stratford, 1584, and a John Kynsey of County Cheshire was registered at Oxford University in 1602.
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Kinser include Kinsey, Kynsei, Kynsey, Kinzie, Kincey, Kingsley and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kinser research. Another 238 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1648 is included under the topic Early Kinser History in all our PDF Extended History products.
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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Kinser Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Kinser Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Kinser Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
The Kinser Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kinser 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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