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Early Origins of the Kirkwood family


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.

Early History of the Kirkwood family


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Kirkwood Spelling Variations


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

Early Notables of the Kirkwood family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Kirkwood family to Ireland


Some of the Kirkwood family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Kirkwood family to the New World and Oceana


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, who settled in Boston in 1716
  • Captain James Kirkwood, who settled in Boston in 1758

Kirkwood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert and Thomas Kirkwood, who 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kirkwood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Kirkwood, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Anglia" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ANGLIA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/anglia1852.shtml
  • David Kirkwood, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Thursday 23rd November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Dirigo 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/dirigo1854.shtml.

Kirkwood Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Kirkwood, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
  • J. Kirkwood, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1861
  • Marion Kirkwood, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Hugh R. Kirkwood, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Armstrong" in 1865
  • Robert Kirkwood, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Armstrong" in 1865
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Kirkwood (post 1700)


  • James Kirkwood Jr. (1924-1989), American playwright, author and actor, recipient of the Tony award, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical, and the pulitzer prize for Drama for the Broadway hit A Chorus Line in 1976
  • John "Jack" Gamble Kirkwood (1907-1959), American chemist and physicist, recipient of the 1936 Langmuir Award, eponym of the Kirkwood approximation
  • James Kirkwood (1875-1963), American actor, director, and writer
  • Daniel Kirkwood (1814-1895), American astronomer who studied the orbits of asteroids, eponym of the Kirkwood gap
  • Samuel Jordan Kirkwood (1813-1894), American politician, Governor of Iowa during the US Civil War, 14th United States Secretary of the Interior (1881-1882)
  • Curt Kirkwood (b. 1959), American singer, guitarist and songwriter
  • Phillip L. Kirkwood, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Navy, during World War II, credited with 11 aerial victories
  • John Kirkwood (1842-1893), American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Cass County, 1893 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Inez Kirkwood, American Democrat politician, Chair of Fayette County Democratic Party, 1983 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Eric Kirkwood, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 1988 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name Kirkwood


  • Kirkwoods, and their Kin by Anna Lee Kirkwood Smith.

The Kirkwood Motto


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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Citations


  1. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ANGLIA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/anglia1852.shtml
  2. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 23rd November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Dirigo 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/dirigo1854.shtml.
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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