Meaning and Origin of: Kinsley

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : habitational name from Kinsley in West Yorkshire, recorded in Domesday Book as Chineslai ‘woodland clearing (Old English lēah) 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).