The name is thought to be derived from the conflation of the name Cynfyn and the Anglo Saxon term "aston", meaning east town. The place name appears in the 1086 Domesday Book in the spelling of 'Chimerstun', and it has been suggested that this translates as 'The place in the hollow'.
The name is intimately linked with the Kynaston family, the first to carry the surname being Gruffydd Kynaston of Cae Howel, a settlement in the locality. It is not clear whether the hamlet was named after the family or vica versa.
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