The origins of the Welsh
name Kinwold go back to the ancient Celtic culture that existed in the hills and Moors
. The forbears that initially held the name Kinwold once lived in the town of Kidwelly, which is situated in the Welsh
region of Dyfed
. The Normans
noted the strategic importance of this town, which is bordered by the coastline and two minor valleys. The town features a magnificent castle which dates from the 13th century; however, this stands on the site of a previous castle built in 1094, by William de Londres. The surname Kinwold belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Kinwold family
The surname Kinwold was first found in Dyfed
a former county, and the ancient Welsh
Kingdom of Pwyll, Lord of Dyfed
in South-west Wales
, comprised of the present day counties of Pembroke, Carmarthen, and Cardigan
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Kinwold family
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Kinwold Spelling Variations
Although there are comparatively few Welsh
surnames, they have a great many spelling variations
. Variations of Welsh
names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh
society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic
language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations
were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations
of the name Kinwold have included Kidwelly, Kidwelley, Kidwell, Kidwall, Kedwell and others.
Early Notables of the Kinwold family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kinwold family to the New World and Oceana
joined the great migrations to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like their Scottish and Irish neighbors, many Welsh
families left their homeland hoping to find hope and prosperity in a land that the English did not exercise a tight rule over. Those Welsh
immigrants that successfully traveled to North America went on to make significant contributions to the rapid development of both Canada and the United States in terms of the settling of land and the establishment of industry. They also added to the rich cultural heritage of both countries. An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Kinwold: J.H. Kidwell, who sailed to San Francisco in 1851.