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The surname Kirkwood was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, 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.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kirkwood, Kirkward and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kirkwood research. Another 176 words (13 lines of text) covering the year 1526 is included under the topic Early Kirkwood History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Kirkwood family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 261 words (19 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 were:

Kirkwood Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • James Kirkwood who settled in New Jersey in 1685 with Elizabeth

Kirkwood Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • William Kirkwood settled in Boston in 1716
  • Captain James Kirkwood settled in Boston in 1758

Kirkwood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Robert and Thomas Kirkwood arrived in Philadelphia in 1846

Kirkwood Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Benj Kirkwood, aged 21, who settled in America from Glasgow, in 1900
  • Abraham Kirkwood, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
  • Christina Kirkwood, aged 31, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
  • Christine Kirkwood, aged 26, who emigrated to America from Greenock, Scotland, in 1907
  • Archibald Kirkwood, aged 31, who settled in America from Banknoch, Scotland, in 1908


Kirkwood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Kirkwood, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Anglia"
  • David Kirkwood, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo"

Kirkwood Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • George Kirkwood arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
  • J. Kirkwood arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1861
  • Marion Kirkwood arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Hugh R. Kirkwood arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Armstrong" in 1865
  • Robert Kirkwood arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Armstrong" in 1865


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  • William H. Kirkwood Jr., American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1944
  • Samuel Jordan Kirkwood (1813-1894), American Republican politician, Delegate to Ohio State Constitutional Convention from Richland County, 1850-51; Member of Iowa State Senate, 1856; Governor of Iowa, 1860-64, 1876-77
  • Robert Carter Kirkwood (1909-1964), American Republican politician, Member of California State Assembly, 1947-53; resigned 1953; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1952
  • Myrah Kirkwood (b. 1955), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 2004; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 5th District, 2004
  • P. B. Kirkwood, American Republican politician, Mayor of Negaunee, Michigan
  • Mary Kirkwood, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2000
  • Lawrence R. Kirkwood, American Republican politician, Member of Florida State House of Representatives 38th District
  • John Kirkwood (1842-1893), American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Cass County, 1893
  • Inez Kirkwood, American Democrat politician, Chair of Fayette County Democratic Party, 1983
  • Eric Kirkwood, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 1988

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  • Kirkwoods, and their Kin by Anna Lee Kirkwood Smith.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Spes mea in Deo
Motto Translation: My hope is in God.

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  2. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
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  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
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The Kirkwood Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kirkwood 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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