Sus armas: en campo de plata, una faja de gules, teniendo en el jefe dos vestiduras, de gules, y en la base un león pasante, de sable.


Este es uno de los pocos apellidos irlandeses que no llevan ninguno de los conocidos prefijos MAC y O', porque es una palabra que suplanta al nombre original, como en el caso del apellido Kavanagh. Los individuos de estas dos familias descienden de Dermot MacMorrough, que fue Rey de Leinster entre 1134 y 1171. O'Hart los coloca en la línea de los descendientes de Heremon, a través de Eanna Ceann Salach, hijo de Dermod na-n Ghall, rey de Leinster, que es el Nº 113 en el pedigree de los MacMorrough.

Variations on the name Kinsella : Kincheloe, Kinchelan, Kinshalla, Kinshillah, Kinsela, Kinselagh, Kingsley, Kinsley, Tinsley. According to ancient Irish manuscripts, the name Cinnsealach (later anglicized to Kinsella) first came into being in the year 365 AD. The occasion was a battle between the King of Tara, Eochaidh Muighmheadhon, and Eanna, King of Leinster.

The battle was fought at a place called Croghan Hill and was decisively won by King Eanna. Near the end of the battle, Eochaidh Muighmheadhon's druid, Ceadnathach, was taken prisoner and brought to Eanna who was standing on the Hill amidst the dissipating battle. Upon seeing Eanna, the druid said, "Thou wouldst never conquer from this hill on which I am, if I were to live." Upon this Eanna transfixed him with his spear; and, as the spear pierced his body, a laugh broke forth from Eanna. "Alas," said the druid, "that is a foul laugh, and it is this that will be given as a name to thy posterity after thee for ever".

Based on this account, Cinnsealach means foul laugh. Other versions exist however:

Eanna Cinnsealach was powerful in his time, as may be seen from the poem composed by Dubhthach son of O Lughair, who was chief ollamh (poet) of Ireland when Patrick came to preach the Gospel. A battle fought by the Leinstermen is the beginning of that poem but I shall here quote only these two stanzas of it, from which it may be inferred that Eanna was powerful in his time:

The tribute which was given to Eanna, From Leath Cuinn of the feasts, Was a screaball from each house, All of fionndruine The tribute which was given to Eanna, From Mumha with insults Was an ounce of gold from each lios In the ensuing year.

The clan composed of Eanna's direct descendants became known as Ui Cinnsealach (Hy Kinsella in modern times). From the 4th century until the Norman invasion in the 12th century they ruled over a large area of south eastern Ireland composed of Co.Wexford, Carlow, and parts of Kildare and Kilkenny.


James Kinsella ( modificado el 20.03.2017 )
Michael Kinsella ( modificado el 20.03.2017 )