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Kinghorn Name Study

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Surnames/tags: Kinghorn Kinghorne
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This profile is part of the Kinghorn Name Study.

Please contact the project leader Peter Cameron or post a comment at the foot of the page. If you have any questions, just ask. Thanks!


This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about one surname and the variants of that name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.

My personal goal is to break down my Kinghorn brickwall; Agnes Kinghorn is my 2xg-grandmother and I would like to find which of three possibilities is her and confirm using DNA.

Origins of the Kinghorn Name

Kinghorn is believed to be of territorial origin from the old barony of the same name in Fife.[1] It possibly derives from the Gaelic ceann and gronn, meaning "end of the marsh. [2] .... or not. An earlier form of the name was Kyngorn.

Early Occurrences

  • Adam de Kyngorn, clericus regis, witnessed a charter by Roger St Michaele between 1204 and 1211. [1]
  • William de Kyngorn was constable of Edinburgh 1292. [1]
  • Alexander Kinghorn, a Scot, was physician-in-ordinary to King Christian II of Denmark, 1513-23. [1]

Adding Project Template

If you would like, you may add a project template to each profile included in your study. This will help raise awareness of your study & may increase collaboration. The code is:

{{One Name Study
| name = Kinghorn
| category = Kinghorn Name Study

{{One Name Study|name=Kinghorn}}


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Task List


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Surnames of Scotland, George Fraser Black, The New York Public Library, 1946 via the HathiTrust Digital Library
  2. "http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/Gaelic/placenamesK-O.pdf

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