This might interest you as well-it is From Sir Robert Sibbald's history of Fife:
"The name is Celtic, and means East Hill or
East Height. It was originally used by Symon de Hameel who was granted
a tract of land about ten miles northwest of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland,
on which there was a hill, long known by its Celtic name, Kin [height]
and Ear [east]. Symon was the son of Michael de Hameel who had arrived
from Normandy around the year 1070. His son, Allary, built a castle and
his younger brother, William, became its first laird and was known as William
de Kiner sometime in the 12th century. The spelling of the name seems to
have changed gradually over the centuries through de Kyner, deKynner, Kynere,
Kynnere, Kynneir, Kinneir, from the 1300s to the 1700s. There were also
variations of this spelling, but Kinnear seems to have become fairly standard
by the 1800s. The Edinburgh Scotsman says that Kinnear is an old Fife name
derived from the lands of Kinnear near Kilmany, that there was a David
Kinnear on the family estate in 1650, and in 1550 there was
an Abbot Kinnear of Balmerinoch.
Kinnear Crest: Two anchors in sultier cabled, proper.
Kinnear Motto: I live in hope."
Good luck in your search
Colleen Kinnear Newbold
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