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Where did the English Kirkeby family come from? What is the English Kirkeby family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kirkeby family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kirkeby family history?Today's generation of the Kirkeby family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Kirkeby family lived at Kirkby in Furness. The name Kirkby means village with a church.
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Kirkeby include Kirkby, Kirby, Kerribly, Kerwick, O'Kerwick and many more.
First found in Lancashire. One of the first recorded references to the name was John Kirkby (died 26 March 1290,) an English ecclesiastic and statesman. He acted as keeper of the great seal during the frequent absences of the chancellor, Robert Burnell, during the reign of Henry III. He was Lord Treasurer from January 1284 to his death. On 26 July 1286, he was elected Bishop of Ely, a post he held until his death.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kirkeby research. Another 269 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1816, 1690, 1753, 1625, 1681, 1661, 1681, 1649, 1709, 1693, 1702 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Kirkeby History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 143 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kirkeby Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Kirkeby family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 37 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Kirkebys to arrive on North American shores: Thomas Kirby settled in Barbados in 1663; along with Rebecca and Henry; James Kirby settled in Virginia in 1651 along with Humphrey and Alice his wife.
The Kirkeby Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kirkeby 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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