Last name origins & meanings:
- English: from the Middle English personal name Kynsey, a
survival of Old English Cynesige, composed of the elements
cyne ‘royal’ + sige ‘victory’.
- This name may also
have assimilated some cases of Scottish MacKenzie, with the
Mac prefix omitted.
- Possibly an Americanized spelling of
Swiss German Künzi (see Kuenzi).
- The paternal grandfather of NJ and PA legislator John Kinsey
(1693–1750) was one of the commissioners sent out from England in
1677 by the West Jersey proprietors to buy land from the Indians and
to lay out a town. John was the leader of the Quaker party in the PA
assembly and chief justice of the PA supreme court.
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