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: Earlist KINGHORN: 1656 - St Monance, Fife, Elisabeth, d/o David Kinghorn Earliest KINGHORNE: 1607 - Kelso, Roxburgh, Issobell, d/o Adame and Meg Achesone Earliest KINGORNE: 1600 - Dunfermline, Fife, Jone, s/o James and Eupham Murray Earliest KINGORN: 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.