Kighley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancient roots of the Kighley family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Kighley comes from when the family lived in the settlement of Keighley in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Kighley belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Kighley family
The surname Kighley was first found in Yorkshire at Keighley, a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the E. division of the wapentake of Staincliffe and Ewcross. The first listing of the place name was Chichelai in the Domesday Book of 1086.  "This place, anciently Kyghelay, was for many generations the property of the Kyghelay family, who either gave their name to, or derived it from, the manor; and of whom Gilbertus Kyghelay, of Utley, was buried here in 1203, according to an inscription on a stone still remaining in the parish church. In the reign of Edward I. Henry de Kyghelay, a member of the family, obtained the grant of a weekly market and an annual fair, with privilege of free warren for the inhabitants." 
Important Dates for the Kighley family
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Kighley Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Kighley has appeared include Keightley, Keighley, Keitley, Keightly and others.
Early Notables of the Kighley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kighley family to Ireland
Some of the Kighley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Kighley migration to the United States
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Kighley arrived in North America very early:
Kighley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Kighley, who landed in Maryland in 1669 
Kighley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- George Kighley, aged 32, who arrived in New York in 1812 
Contemporary Notables of the name Kighley (post 1700)
- David Kighley Baxendall, Director of Scotland's National Galleries
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ 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)