Kimina: Lately, I've been looking at the early Kinghorn, Kinghorne, Kingorne, Kingorn records on Scotland's People. I'll list the early ones I've found there. I know it isn't complete and you usually find more if you see the original, and this isn't written in stone..but here goes:
Earliest KINGHORN marriage:
1658 - Dunfermline, Fife, Eupham to John Weire
Earliest KINGHORNE marriage:
1617 - Edinburgh, Midlothian, Robert Kinghorne to Elspet Storie
Earliest KINGORNE marriage:
1606 - Dunfermline, Fife, Magie Kingorne to Thomas (?)
Earliest KINGORN marriage:
1587 - Dunfermline, Fife, Kirsten Kingorn to Jhon Watson
Birth and Baptisms:
1656 - St Monance, Fife, Elisabeth, d/o David Kinghorn
1607 - Kelso, Roxburgh, Issobell, d/o Adame and Meg Achesone
1600 - Dunfermline, Fife, Jone, s/o James and Eupham Murray
1582 - Dunfermline, Fife, Wilziam, s/o James Kinghorn/Katerin Landels.
The earliest Will seems to be:
01/01/1551, Kingorn, Jo[hann]is, (John) burgess of Cupar, St Andrews Court.
The Ragman Rolls of 1296 (1291) show Kingorn, Vide Kynghorn.
Certainly, I see evidence that some Kingorn added an "e" to be Kingorne and then later an "h" to Kinghorne, but it seems to be a case of updating in early times.
So, it is my conclusion (very unscientific but..) that the name started out as Kynghorn/Kingorn, then gradually changes to Kingorne, Kinghorne, then the modern Kinghorn.
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