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Kinsmen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The history of the name Kinsmen begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived 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 Kinsmen family


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

Early History of the Kinsmen family


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Kinsmen Spelling Variations


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Kinsmen has been recorded under many different variations, including Kinsman, Cunesman, Kinesman and others.

Early Notables of the Kinsmen family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Kinsmen family to Ireland


Some of the Kinsmen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Kinsmen family to the New World and Oceana


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Kinsmen or a variant listed above: 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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