Kingsley


Kingsley
This interesting name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational surname deriving from any one of the places called 'Kingsley' in Cheshire, Hampshire and Staffordshire. The places in Cheshire and Staffordshire are recorded as 'Chingeslie' in the Domesday Book of 1086 and that in Hampshire as 'Kyngesly' in 1210. The placenames all share the same meaning and derivation, which is 'the glade, clearing, of the king', or 'chieftain', derived from the Old English pre 7th Century 'cyning', king, originally chieftain, tribal leader, with 'leah', thin wood, glade, clearing. Locational surnames were usually acquired by those former inhabitants of a place who moved to another area, and were thereafter best identified by the name of their birthplace. Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), the English clergyman and author of 'Westward Hol', and 'The Water Babies' is probably the best known bearer of the name. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William de Kingesle (witness), which was dated 1246, The Lancashire Assize Rolls, during the reign of King Henry 111, 'The Frenchman', 1216-1272. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Kingsley — may refer to:PlacesIn Australia: *Kingsley, Western AustraliaIn England: *Kingsley, Cheshire *Kingsley, Hampshire *Kingsley, Staffordshire *Kingsley, YorkshireIn the United States: *Kingsley, Iowa *Kingsley, Kentucky *Kingsley, Michigan *Kingsley …   Wikipedia

  • Kingsley — ist ein englischsprachiger Familienname und die Bezeichnung mehrerer Orte. Personen mit dem Familiennamen Kingsley: Ben Kingsley (* 1943), britischer Schauspieler Charles Kingsley (1819–1875), englischer Geistlicher, Historiker und Schriftsteller …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Kingsley — puede referir a: Personas Como nombre: Kingsley Amis, novelista inglés. Kingsley Davis, demógrafo estadounidense. Kingsley Onuegbu, futbolista nigeriano. Como apellido: Ben Kingsley, actor británico. Gershon Kingsley, compositor estadounidense de …   Wikipedia Español

  • Kingsley — Kingsley, IA U.S. city in Iowa Population (2000): 1245 Housing Units (2000): 569 Land area (2000): 1.601675 sq. miles (4.148320 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.601675 sq. miles (4.148320 sq.… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Kingsley —   [kɪȖzli],    1) Ben, eigentlich Krishna Bhanji [ dʒi], britischer Schauspieler indischer Herkunft, * Yorkshire 31. 12. 1943; ab 1967 Mitglied der Royal Shakespeare Company, auch vielseitiger Charakterdarsteller bei Film (seit 1973) und… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Kingsley — Kingsley, Charles * * * (as used in expressions) Amis, Sir Kingsley (William) Kingsley, Charles John Kingsley Orton …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Kingsley, IA — U.S. city in Iowa Population (2000): 1245 Housing Units (2000): 569 Land area (2000): 1.601675 sq. miles (4.148320 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.601675 sq. miles (4.148320 sq. km) FIPS code:… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Kingsley, KY — U.S. city in Kentucky Population (2000): 428 Housing Units (2000): 183 Land area (2000): 0.077276 sq. miles (0.200144 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.077276 sq. miles (0.200144 sq. km) FIPS… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Kingsley, MI — U.S. village in Michigan Population (2000): 1469 Housing Units (2000): 524 Land area (2000): 1.108864 sq. miles (2.871945 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.108864 sq. miles (2.871945 sq. km) FIPS …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Kingsley — m, f English: transferred use of the surname, originally a local name derived from various places (in Cheshire, Hampshire, Staffordshire) named in Old English as Cyningeslēah ‘king’s wood . It is not clear what was the initial impulse towards use …   First names dictionary

  • Kingsley — (spr. Kingslih), Charles, Pfarrer zu Eversley in der englischen Grafschaft Hampshire, einer der einflußreichsten u. kräftigsten Volksschriftsteller der Zeit, welcher namentlich die Zustande der Gesellschaft u. die Verhältnisse der einzelnen… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon