See also:blood, as descended from a
See also:common ancestor . In
See also:law, the
See also:term " next of
See also:kin " is applied to the
See also:person or persons who, as being in the nearest degree of blood relationship to a person dying intestate,
See also:share according to degree in his
See also:estate (see INTESTACY, and
See also:INHERITANCE) . " Kin " is frequently associated with " kith " in the phrase " kith and kin," now used as an emphasized
See also:form of " kin " for
See also:family relatives . It properly means one's "
See also:country and kin," or one's " friends and kin." Kith (O.E. cyMe and cy5, native
See also:land, acquaintances) comes from the
See also:stem of cunnan, to know, and thus means the land or
See also:people one knows familiarly . The suffix -kin, chiefly surviving in
See also:English surnames, seems to have been early used as a diminutive ending to certain Christian names in
See also:Flanders and
See also:Holland . The termination is represented by the diminutive -then in German, as in Kindchen, Hduschen, &c . Many English words, such as "
See also:pumpkin," " firkin," seem to have no diminutive significance, and may have been assimilated from earlier forms, e.g .
KINCARDINESHIRE, or THE MEARNS
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