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Recorded in several forms including Kinnar, Kinner, and the more usual Kinnear, this is a Scottish surname is of early medieval origin. It is locational from the place called Kinneir in the county of Fife near the village of Wormit. The place name is first recorded at the beginning of the 13th cntury as "Kyner", from the Gaelic word "ceann", meaning head(land) and "iar", to the west. The original family who took the name were vassals of the priory of St. Andrews, and held their lands until the beginning of the 18th century.

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