Kinsley Family History

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Kinsley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Kinsley in West Yorkshire, recorded in Domesday Book as Chineslai ‘woodland clearing (Old English leah) of a man called Cyne’. Probably also an altered spelling of various like-sounding German names, such as Kinzler, Kinseli, Künzli or Künzle (see Kuenzli).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Insley, Kingsley, Kinsey, Bingley, Lindley, Tinsley, Winkley, Tingley

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Kinsley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Kinsley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Kinsley. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Kinsley Family Origin

Where is the Kinsley family from?

Kinsley Family Occupations

What did your Kinsley ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Kinsley family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kinsley. The most common Kinsley occupation in the USA was Farmer. 23% of Kinsley's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Kinsley ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Kinsley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 30,000 census records available for the last name Kinsley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kinsley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Kinsley. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Kinsley. For the veterans among your Kinsley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kinsley Life Expectancy

What is the average Kinsley lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Kinsley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Kinsley in 1949 was 71, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Kinsley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kinsley ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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