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

The Anglo-Saxon name Kirkley comes from the family having resided in the parish of Kirkley in the county of Suffolk as well as in Kirkley a township in the parish of Ponteland in the county of Northumberland.

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Kirkley has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Kirkley, Kirkly, Kirklee, Kirkele, Kirkelee and others.

First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kirkley research. Another 291 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1223, 1273, 1639, and 1687 are included under the topic Early Kirkley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Kirkleys to arrive on North American shores: S. Kirtley who sailed to San Francisco in 1852 and John George Kirtley who arrived in New Brunswick in 1902.

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The Kirkley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kirkley 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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