In Scottish history, few names go farther back than Kilgo, whose ancestors lived among the clans of the Pictish tribe. They lived in Kilgour, which is located near Falkland in the county of Fife
. The surname Kilgo belongs to the category of habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Kilgo family
The surname Kilgo was first found in Fife
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Kilgo family
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Kilgo Spelling Variations
The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations
of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Kilgo has been spelled Kilgour, Kilgore and others.
Early Notables of the Kilgo family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kilgo family to the New World and Oceana
This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence
. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Kilgo: Francis Kilgore settled in Virginia in 1761; Joseph and Martha Kilgour settled with their four children settled in Barstable Massachusetts in 1822; George Kilgour arrived in San Francisco in 1850..
Contemporary Notables of the name Kilgo (post 1700)
- John Carlisle Kilgo (1861-1922), American clergyman, President of Trinity College (1894-1910)