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Kinsham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Kinsham is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and comes from Kynes-man which in Old English referred to a cousin or relative. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.

Early Origins of the Kinsham family


The surname Kinsham was first found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from early times.

Early History of the Kinsham family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kinsham research.
Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1198, 1275, 1588, 1589, 1676, 1682, 1770 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Kinsham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kinsham Spelling Variations


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. Kinsham has been spelled many different ways, including Kinsman, Cunesman, Kinesman and others.

Early Notables of the Kinsham family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Kinsham family to Ireland


Some of the Kinsham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Kinsham family to the New World and Oceana


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 Kinshams to arrive in North America: Robert Kinsman who arrived in America in 1634; John Kinsman who sailed to Pennsylvania in 1682 and Isaac Kinsman who arrived in Colorado in 1682.

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