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

The Kirkpatrick surname is derived from one of various place names in Scotland. These place names come from the Old Norse "kirkja" which became "kirk" and means "church." Several churches were dedicated to St. Patrick, and then the place names followed from the church names.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Kilpatrick, Gilpatrick, Patrick, Kirkpatrick and others.

First found in Dumfriesshire at Closeburn, a civil parish. The surname was derived from a chapel on a farm in the parish that was once dedicated to Saint Patrick. About 1 km east of Closeburn lies Closeburn Castle, a tower house that was the family seat of the Kirkpatrick family until 1783. The first record of the name is of a Sir Roger de Kirkpatrick (born c. 1280), 3rd cousin and associate of Robert the Bruce, 1st cousin of Sir William Wallace who attested a charter by one of the Bruces in the 14th century.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kirkpatrick research. Another 419 words(30 lines of text) covering the years 1232, 1783, 1296, 1695, 1685 and are included under the topic Early Kirkpatrick History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 115 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kirkpatrick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Kirkpatrick family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 167 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Daniel Gilpatrick who settled in San Francisco in 1850; Andrew Patrick, and Henry, settled in Virginia in 1636; John Patrick settled in Virginia in 1638.

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  • Jeane Duane Jordan Kirkpatrick (1926-2006), U.S. Representative to the United Nations (1981-1985) and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Andrew Kirkpatrick (1756-1831), Chief Justice of New Jersey Supreme Court
  • Sidney D. Kirkpatrick (b. 1955), American documentary film maker and author
  • William J. Kirkpatrick (1838-1921), American musician and composer
  • Ann Kirkpatrick (b. 1950), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona's 1st district (2013)
  • Christopher Alan "Chris" Kirkpatrick (b. 1971), American singer, dancer, entertainer, and voice actor, founding member of the pop group 'N Sync
  • Donald Kirkpatrick, American educator, Professor Emeritus of the University of Wisconsin
  • Karey Kirkpatrick (b. 1964), American Annie Award winning, Hugo Award nominated screenwriter and director
  • Ralph Kirkpatrick (1911-1984), American musician, musicologist and harpsichordist
  • Ted Kirkpatrick (b. 1960), American heavy metal drummer, best known for his work with and as co-founder of the Christian metal band Tourniquet

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  • The Descendants of Valentine Kirkpatrick by Willett Douglas Kirkpatrick.
  • Homestead by Jane Kirkpatrick.
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  2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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The Kirkpatrick Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kirkpatrick 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.

This page was last modified on 18 September 2014 at 12:18.

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