Best known for its long limbs and abundance of nuts.
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- The dried aromatic inner bark of certain tropical Asian trees in the genus Cinnamomum, especially C. verum and C. Lourierii, often ground and used as a spice;
- A plant yielding this bark;
- A light reddish brown color.
[American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition, 1996]
Ah, but there's more!
- Middle English cinamome from Old French
- Cinnamomum from Latin
- From Greek, kinnamomon
- Akin to Hebrew qinnamon
One might conclude then that the genus Cinnamond descends from one of the following:
- Middle English Latins who spoke Greek to Hebrews.
- Greeks who taught Hebrew in London to Latins.
- Hebrews who migrated to Greece to dye their hair reddish-brown.
- Latins who married Greeks and bore English children who signed in Hebrew.
Then again, one might not...
The reality is...we don't know where the heck we came from! Our Family Language Expert, G.K. Cinnamon of Atlanta GA, did some research into the matter and tells us that the name in Old French was Saint Amond/St. Amand or de Quinemont. In French the "Q" is pronounced like a "K" (key-na-mon). In Ireland and Scotland, the "C" is also pronounced like a "K." Hence the spelling variations, Kinnamon and Kinnamond. It's been suggested by our F.L.E. as well as our cousin, Norman Cinnamond, that the Quinemont name may have originated in France, then moved to Scotland sometime in the 12th century. Similar Scottish name variations include Kinnimont and Kennethmont.
What's more, in Northern Ireland today lie the remains of an early Gaelic settlement called Kinnamond. And CC Cinnamond of Pikeville KY assures us that somewhere in Belfast, there is a street named after us...or is it the other way around? Even a wall that was built to separate Catholics from Protestants bears the Cinnamond name. (Ironic given that one of us almost died protesting this kind of absurd segregation.)
In her research, Wilena R. Cinnamond of Frankfort, Kentucky discovered additional spelling variations, i.e, Cinnament and Sinnamond (the latter appearing on an 1860 Anderson County KY Census for John A. Cinnamond Jr). To further complicate the issue, members of the same family were inclined to vary the spelling of their surname at will. Mr. Head of Household might be George Cinnamond on Monday and by Wednesday, George Sinnamond! Our illustrious ancestor, Harrison Herndon Cinnamond used two variations in the same document on the same day! (Of course, he was only 17 at the time, and it was a marriage bond...)
And lastly, from Matheson's Surnames and Christian Names in Ireland we have: Cinnamon, Cinamon, Cinamond, Cinnamond, Sinemon, and Sinamon!
Whatever or wherever...we began! Period! And whether those origins are rooted in France, Scotland, Ireland or two monkeys in a tropical Asian tree of the genus Cinnamomum doesn't really matter. Cinnamond, Sinnamon, Kennethmont, Kinnamon, Cinnament, Quinemont, Kinnimont, Kinnamond, or Cinnamon...it is, and always will be, the Spice of Life!
Enough of this chatter!
ON TO THE GOOD STUFF
DNA! It's here to stay!
For quite some time now, we have speculated that the John A. Cinnamond, 1768 County Antrim IRE, who emigrated to America in 1796 (to populate Kentucky), was related to the John Cinnamond, 1774 County Down IRE, whose four sons emigrated to Canada. Now the Family Tree DNA project offers us a means to validate this assumption.
Consider this a call to ALL Cinnamon/Cinnamond MALES of any and all branches to become participants in this historic event! We'll be posting results on the site as soon as they become available.
Please email email@example.com for details.
Contributed by Gary Cinnamon at Garykarn@surewest.net. Thanks cous!
- OBITUARIES: Updated 2011
- Family of Vangie Cinnamond
- Additional information on the daughters of John A Cinnamond Sr.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: A special note of thanks to CC Cinnamond who doggedly pursued the Cinnamond line for over 30 years, and to Dr. Bob Cinnamond who's decided one Book of Cinnamonds isn't enough! Their combined insight, persistence, and willingness to share made this site possible. Thanks guys!
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