Kinyon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Kinyon is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the township of Kenyon found in the parish of Winwick in the county of Lancashire. [1]

Early Origins of the Kinyon family

The surname Kinyon was first found in Lancashire where Lord Kenyon's family are descended from the Kenyons of Peele and their surname is doubtless derived from the township of Kenyon in that shire. [2]

"Early mention is made of a family of the local name, and also of the Lauton family, of whom Jordan de Lauton, in the reign of Edward I., assumed the name of Kenyon. Kenyon Hall, the original residence of the Kenyons, was rebuilt in the 17th century, and is the property of the earl [of Wilton]. " [1]

Lowton in Lancashire "gave name to a family who subsequently adopted the surname of Kenyon from their possessions in a neighbouring township." [1]

Early History of the Kinyon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kinyon research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1812, 1869 and 1848 are included under the topic Early Kinyon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kinyon 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. Kinyon has been spelled many different ways, including Kenyon, Kenion, Kennion and others.

Early Notables of the Kinyon family (pre 1700)

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Kinyon Ranking

In the United States, the name Kinyon is the 14,581st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Kinyon family to Ireland

Some of the Kinyon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand Kinyon migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Kinyon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Hannah Kinyon, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Euphemus" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 12th February 1857 [4]
  • Miss Hannah Ann Kinyon, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Euphemus" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 12th February 1857 [4]
  • Miss Elizabeth Kinyon, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Euphemus" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 12th February 1857 [4]
  • Mr. Joseph Kinyon, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Euphemus" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 12th February 1857 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kinyon (post 1700) +

  • C.J. Kinyon, American editor, known for his work on The Penguins of Madagascar (2008), Monsters vs. Aliens (2013) and Glitch Techs (2020)
  • Barry Kinyon, American actor, best known for his roles in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986), Papa Was a Preacher (1985) and Fatal Friendship (1991)
  • William Riley Kinyon (1833-1914), American politician, born and raised in Mannsville, New York, 13th Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives (1875-1876)
  • Bert Kinyon, American actor, known for his work on Copycat (1995) Getting Even with Dad (1994) and The Tripper (2006)
  • Jon Kinyon (b. 1962), American filmmaker, film editor and stop motion animator


The Kinyon Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Magnanimiter crucem sustine
Motto Translation: Sustain the cross (i.e. support afflictions) with magnanimity.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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