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Kin(g)(s)man families distribution in England, Scotland and Wales, 1841


Data sourced from the 1841 census.

The markers show towns that had at least one family with that particular surname. The markers are not sized to represent the number of people of that surname.

KINSMAN
- very much a name associated originally with Cornwall and Devon. The branches in 1841 in Surrey, London, Yorkshire and Lancashire are known to derive from Cornish families, as does the one family on the west of Scotland (an excise officer from Devon). The origin of Leicestershire branch remains a mystery.

The families in the east of Scotland appear to have a single point of origin on the north coast of Fife in the 1600s. Whether they ultimatley relate to the more numerous Cornish lines is not known. A DNA donor from this line would be particulalrly welcome.

At least one Kinsman family (in the USA) is genetically related to the Kingsman line.

KINGSMAN - although the 1841 census indicates this to be a London based family group, all of these people are members of one family which has been traced back to Overton, Wiltshire in the early 1500s. The family in Northampton is a soldier (from Wiltshire) who became the head of the small clan of Kingsmans from Ireland.

The single family in Scotland is the head of the Kingsmans from Scotland, except that he came to Scotland from Ireland and changed his name from Kingsmill to Kingsman.

There is one family of Kingsman in Australia which originated as Kinsman in Cornwall before they emigrated.

KINGMAN - the earliest of this name was John Kyngeman who died in Wiltshire in 1522. There may be a relationship with the Kingsman family from a nearby village, but this has not yet been proved. The name was also prevalent in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Dorset. Some of these may descend from John of Wiltshire, but more likely there are plural origins. The Kingman family of Kent is part of the Wiltshire tree, but there are also small trees in Devon and Sussex which do not yet link with any of the other larger trees

KINMAN - it would appear that all present day English Kinmans are of one family, traceable back to Cow Honeybourne on the Gloucestershire/Worcestershire border in the early 1500s. The Scottish Kinmans in 1841 do not appear to relate to each other and they may each be transciption errors. There is an earlier Scottish Kinman family which may be the origin of the major Kinman line in the USA, family lore says that their forebears were Scottish.

KYNMAN - a single source family from Belton in Axholme, Lincolnshire. The earlier parish records give the family name as KINMAN, the "I" being substituted with "Y" by the family of Joshua Kynman in the 1730s.