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  • Adelle Virginia Kimbrough (1919 - 2008)
    Adelle Virginia Godwin Kimbrough BIRTH 17 Apr 1919 Thomasville, Thomas County, Georgia, USA DEATH 14 Dec 2008 (aged 89) Thomasville, Thomas County, Georgia, USA BURIAL Laurel Hill Cemetery Thomasville...
  • Lt. Alvan Fletcher Kimbrough (1917 - 2007)
    Alvan Fletcher Kimbrough BIRTH 17 Feb 1917 DEATH 18 Jul 2007 (aged 90) BURIAL Laurel Hill Cemetery Thomasville, Thomas County, Georgia, USA MEMORIAL ID 32237885 · View Source MEMORIAL PHOTOS 2 FLO...
  • Betsy Edwards (b. - 1807)
  • Charles Kimbrough
    Charles Kimbrough was born on May 23, 1936 in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA as Charles Maybery Kimbrough. He is an actor, known for Murphy Brown (1988), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) and Another World ...

About the Kimbrough surname

This interesting and unusual surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and has two possible sources. The surname may derive from the Olde English pre 7th Century "cemban", to comb, and would have been an occupational name for a comber of wood or flax. Job descriptive surnames originally denoted the actual occupation of the namebearer, and later became hereditary. The other possible derivation is from a metronymic, formed from the Olde English female personal name "Cyneburh", composed of the elements "cyne", royal, with "burh", fortress, stronghold. This name was borne by a daughter of the 7th Century King Penda of Mercia, who, in spite of her father's staunch opposition to Christianity, was converted and founded an abbey, serving as its head. She was venerated as a saint in the Middle Ages, and children were named after her. The surname is first recorded in the early half of the 14th Century (see below) and can also be found as Kember and Kimbrough. On January 31st 1581, Edward Kimber was christened in London. Isaac Kimber was a general baptist minister who conducted "The Morning Chronicle" (1728 - 1732), and also edited Ainsworth's "Latin Dictionary" (1751), and published the "Life of Oliver Cromwell" (1724). The Coat of Arms granted to the family is a silver shield with three black Cornish choughs, beaks and legs red and on a black chief three silver mullets, the Crest being a bull's head affrontee proper. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Roger le Kembar, which was dated 1327, in the "Subsidy Rolls of Sussex", during the reign of King Edward 11, known as "Edward of Caernafon", 1307 - 1327. 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. © Copyright: Name Origin Research 1980 - 2011