Kirby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The surname Kirby comes from the Gaelic-Irish O Ciarmhaic, which was anglicized as Kerwick. The Irish name was later corrupted to O Cearba, which was Anglicized as Kirby.

Early Origins of the Kirby family

The surname Kirby was first found in Knockany in County Limerick (Irish: Luimneach) located in Southwestern Ireland, in the province of Munster, where members of the family were chiefs of the Eoghanacht Clan of Munster. The family were descendents of Eoghan, son of King Oilioll Olum.

Important Dates for the Kirby family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kirby research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1690 and 1817 are included under the topic Early Kirby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kirby Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kirby, Kerwick, O'Kirby and others.

Early Notables of the Kirby family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family at this time was Richard Kirby, who in 1690, wrote about the revolution in Ireland. Two members of the family became distinguished in London; Joshua Kirby, who was president of...
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Kirby migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kirby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Kirby, who arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1637 [1]
  • William Kirby, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1647 [1]
  • James Kirby, who settled in Virginia in 1651 along with Humphrey and Alice his wife
  • Hump Kirby, who landed in Virginia in 1651 [1]
  • Ann Kirby, who arrived in Virginia in 1655 [1]
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Kirby Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Kirby, who settled in Boston in 1767
  • James Kirby, who landed in Richmond, Va in 1794 [1]
Kirby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary Ann Kirby, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Cornelius, Mary Ann, and Eliza Kirby, who immigrated to New York in 1811
  • Eliza Kirby, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Cornelius Kirby, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • John Kirby, aged 33, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
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Kirby migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kirby Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Kirby, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1814
  • Thomas Kirby, who immigrated to Saint John, New Brunswick in 1846
  • William Kirby, who immigrated to New Brunswick in 1847
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Kirby, aged 48 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Erin's Queen" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle on 17th September 1847 [2]
  • Mr. James Kirby, aged 47 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Erin's Queen" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle on 21st July 1847 [2]
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Kirby migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kirby Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Kirby, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]
  • John Kirby, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [4]
  • Catherine Kirby, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1840 [5]
  • Matilda Kirby, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1840 [5]
  • Richard Kirby, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1840 [5]
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Kirby migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Kirby Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Kirby, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship "Deborah" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand in 1842 [6]
  • John Kirby, aged 24, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
  • James Kirby, aged 21, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Mr. James Kirby, British settler travelling from London, UK with 1 child aboard the ship "Assaye" arriving in Auckland, North Island, New Zealand on 26th December 1874 [6]
  • Johanna Kirby, aged 20, a housemaid, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1874
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Contemporary Notables of the name Kirby (post 1700)

  • Jack Kirby (1917-1994), born Jacob Kurtzberg, American comic book artist, writer and editor, creator of Captain America and Marvel Comics, eponym of the Jack Kirby Awards and Jack Kirby Hall of Fame
  • John Joseph Kirby Jr. (1939-2019), American attorney, best known for his successful defense for Nintendo of the character of Donkey Kong in 1984; Nintendo subsequently named the character Kirby after him
  • William Fosgate Kirby (1867-1934), American Democratic Party politician, United States Senator from Arkansas (1916 to 1921)
  • Steve T. Kirby (b. 1952), American politician, the 35th Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota
  • George Kirby (1923-1995), American comedian, singer, and actor
  • Homer Durward Kirby (1911-2000), American television host and announcer, best remembered for his work on The Garry Moore Show in the 1950s, and Candid Camera
  • Charles Kirk Kirby (1826-1910), American architect in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Stuart Kirby (b. 1981), American race car driver
  • Jim Kirby (1884-1971), Scottish-born, American inventor of the Kirby vacuum cleaner
  • Dorothy Kirby (1920-2000), American golfer & journalist
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Historic Events for the Kirby family

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Thomas James Kirby (b. 1949), American Staff Sergeant from Salem, Virginia, USA who died in the crash [7]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. James Thomas  Kirby (1862-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [8]
  • Mr. Samuel M.  Kirby (1867-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [8]
  • Mr. Walter Norman  Kirby (1876-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [8]
HMS Cornwall
  • Charrington   Cecil Kirby (d. 1942), British Lieutenant Surgeon aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [9]
HMS Prince of Wales
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Frank Kirby, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [11]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 38)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BABOO 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Baboo.htm
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550
  8. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  9. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A
  10. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  11. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
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