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Where did the Irish Killion family come from? What is the Irish Killion family crest and coat of arms? When did the Killion family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Killion family history?

The Irish surname Killion originally appeared in Gaelic as O Cillin.

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The scribes who created documents long before either the Gaelic or English language resembled their standardized versions of today recorded words as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages the names of many people were recorded under different spellings each time they were written down. Research on the Killion family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Killeen, Killen, Killion, Killian, Killin, Gilin, Killan, Killoon, O'Killen, McKillen and many more.

First found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held territories was at Ballykilleen since early times. This lofty family were the ancient Chiefs of Fingal, Earls of Fingal and Lords Killeen. Saint Kilian, (also spelled Killian) from the Irish: Cillian, was an Irish missionary bishop and the apostle of Franconia. He was born in Mullagh, County Cavan, and is the patron saint of the parish of Tuosist, in County Kerry. Saint Kilian's feast day is July 8th and St. Kilian's Abbey, at Würzburg is named after him. Today there are two Killeen Castles in Ireland: one located at Dunsany, in County Meath, that dates back to about 1180, but today's structure is a restoration of the 19th century after a fire in 1981. It will include a luxury golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. The second Killeen Castle is a 17th century castle at Killeen, in Castlegar, County Galway.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Killion research. Another 243 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1981, 1180 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Killion History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Killion Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many Irish families boarded ships bound for North America in the middle of 19th century to escape the conditions of poverty and racial discrimination . Although these immigrants often arrived in a destitute state, they went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. An inquiry into many immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants to North America bearing the Killion family name:

Killion Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • George Killion, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798

Killion Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • James Killion, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1860

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The Killion Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Killion Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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