Kinson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Kinson is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England. It comes from King, a nickname for someone with kingly qualities. Though originally applied as a nickname, the name King became used as a personal name. Kingson means "king's son."

Early Origins of the Kinson family

The surname Kinson was first found in Hampshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Kinson family

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Kinson Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Kinson has undergone many spelling variations, including Kingson, Kinson, Kingsoun, Kyngsoun, Kyngesone, Kyngson, Kyngeson, Cyngessone and many more.

Early Notables of the Kinson family (pre 1700)

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United States Kinson migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Kinson were among those contributors:

Kinson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Kinson, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876 [1]
  • Thomas Kinson, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876 [1]

Australia Kinson migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kinson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • "Mrs. Alice Kinson, (Kenson), English cook who was convicted in Somerset, England for 14 years for receiving stolen goods, transported aboard the ""Competitor"" on 9th June 1828, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, listed as having 3 children" [2]

West Indies Kinson migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [3]
Kinson Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • John Kinson, who sailed to Barbados in 1658

Contemporary Notables of the name Kinson (post 1700) +

  • François-Joseph Kinson (1770-1839), Flemish painter


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 8th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/competitor
  3. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies


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