Kynsly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestors of the Kynsly family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in one of the places called Kingsley in Cheshire or Staffordshire having derived from the Old English word cyningesleah, which means wood or clearing of the king.  Thus, Kynsly is a classic example of an English polygenetic surname, which is a surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.
Early Origins of the Kynsly family
The surname Kynsly was first found in Cheshire where a "township and estate, the property of Sir Ranulph de Kingsley before 1128 was found. In the XVIII century the family divided into two branches, the younger continuing the name of Kingsley, the elder adopting that of De Aula or Hale."  Another early listing of the name was Adam de Kyngeslegh who was listed in East Cheshire.  Kingsley is a township, civil parish and a village in the parish of Frodsham, union of Runcorn.  It was first listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Chingeslie. 
One of the first records of the family was Kynsige, Kinsius, Kinsi or Cynesige (d. 1060), Archbishop of York "who, it is said, was brought into the world by a Caesarean operation." 
Important Dates for the Kynsly family
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Kynsly Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Kynsly were recorded, including Kingsley, Kingsleigh, Kingslee, Kinsey and others.
Early Notables of the Kynsly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kynsly family
The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Kynsly arrived in North America very early: Steven Kingsley, who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630; William Kingsley settled in Virginia in 1623; David Kinsey settled with his wife in Pennsylvania in 1682.
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