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

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.


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.

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.


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.


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


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

  • Nickel Kinser, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1730
  • Jno Jacob Kinser, aged 28, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Jacob Kinser, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1762

Kinser Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jacob Kinser, aged 58, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • Acel Kinser, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1895
  • Heinrich Kinser, aged 30, who landed in America from Berlin, in 1899

Kinser Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Wolfgang Kinser, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Mrs. William F. Kinser, aged 34, who settled in America, in 1907
  • William F. Kinser, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Barbara Kinser, aged 17, who settled in America, in 1908


  • Steve Kinser (b. 1954), American professional sprint car racer
  • Sheldon Kinser (1942-1988), American race-car driver
  • Kraig Kinser (b. 1984), American race car driver
  • Mark Kinser (b. 1964), retired American sprint car racing driver
  • Holly Kinser (b. 1965), American lobbyist
  • Sergeant Elbert Luther Kinser (1922-1945), United States Marine who received the Medal of Honor in 1945


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  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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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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