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The Kinsey 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 Kinsey may have taken the name from a place name. Still other instances of Kinsey probably derive from a variation of the Kingsley surname. In any case, it would seem that this surname predates the Norman invasion of Britain.

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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Kinsey family name 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kinsey research. Another 238 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1648 is included under the topic Early Kinsey History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Kinsey surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Kinsey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Edward Kinsey, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Edward Kinsey, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Welch Kinsey, who arrived in Maryland in 1653
  • Hugh Kinsey, who landed in Maryland in 1659
  • Paul Kinsey, who landed in Maryland in 1661


Kinsey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Christian Kinsey, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761

Kinsey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • C W Kinsey, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Thomas Kinsey, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1874
  • Samuel Kinsey, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876

Kinsey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • David Kinsey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Delhi" in 1839
  • John Kinsey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Delhi" in 1839
  • Sarah Kinsey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Delhi" in 1839
  • Joseph Kinsey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington" in 1849
  • Phoebe Kinsey, aged 23, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington" in 1849


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  • Alfred Charles Kinsey (1894-1956), American biologist, zoologist, who studied human sexuality, creator of Kinsey Reports
  • Darius Kinsey (1869-1945), American photographer
  • Howard Kinsey (1899-1966), American tennis player of the 1920s, he won a number of championships
  • Donald Kinsey, American musician
  • Tarence Kinsey (b. 1984), American basketball player
  • Angela Kinsey, American actress
  • Mr. William R Kinsey, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • John Kinsey (1693-1750), of New Jersey, Chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • Noel Kinsey (b. 1925), Welsh former footballer


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  2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Kinsey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kinsey 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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