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The Anglo-Saxon name Kinsman 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.

Kinsman Early Origins



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

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Kinsman Spelling Variations


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Kinsman Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Kinsman were recorded, including Kinsman, Cunesman, Kinesman and others.

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Kinsman Early History


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Kinsman Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kinsman research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1198, 1275, 1588, 1589 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Kinsman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kinsman Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kinsman Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kinsman 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



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Kinsman family emigrate to North America:

Kinsman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Kinsman who arrived in America in 1634
  • Robert Kinsman, who landed in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1637
  • Hen Kinsman, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
  • Alex Kinsman, who landed in Virginia in 1664
  • William Kinsman, who arrived in Maryland in 1671
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kinsman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J Kinsman, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Frederick Kinsman, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1869

Kinsman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Kinsman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1847
  • William Kinsman, aged 50, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Caucasian"
  • John Kinsman, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Australia"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kinsman (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kinsman (post 1700)



  • Thomas James Kinsman (b. 1945), U.S. Army soldier awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Vietnam War
  • Frederick Joseph Kinsman (1868-1944), American Roman Catholic church historian, former bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church
  • Shane Kinsman (b. 1997), American Young Artist Award and Screen Actors Guild Award winning child actor, twin brother of Brent Kinsman
  • Brent Kinsman (b. 1997), American Young Artist Award and Screen Actors Guild Award winning child actor, twin brother of Shane Kinsman
  • Paul Eric Kinsman (1931-2014), Canadian physician and politician, MLA for Kings West, Nova Scotia (1963-1967)
  • Ms. Annie Kinsman (d. 1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Jeremy Kinsman (b. 1942), retired Canadian diplomat, was Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (2000-2002) and Canadian Ambassador to the European Union (2002-2006)
  • Gary Kinsman (b. 1955), Canadian sociologist, one of Canada's leading academics on lesbian, gay, and transgender issues

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Kinsman Historic Events


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Kinsman Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Ms. Annie Kinsman, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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Kinsman Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    6. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    9. 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.
    10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    11. ...

    The Kinsman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kinsman 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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