The name Kilbey is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when a family lived in the region of Kilby
located both in Lincolnshire
. Kilbey is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.
Early Origins of the Kilbey family
The surname Kilbey was first found in Northumberland
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 Kilbey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kilbey research.Another 84 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1351, 1560, 1610, and 1620 are included under the topic Early Kilbey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kilbey Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Kilbey family name include Kilby, Kilbey, Killbey, Kilbee, Kilbie, Kelby and many more.
Early Notables of the Kilbey family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Richard Kilby (1560-1620), an English scholar and priest. He was a graduate of Lincoln College, Oxford, which he also served as rector. He was appointed Regius Professor... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kilbey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kilbey family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Kilbey surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Henry Kilby settled in Virginia in 1635; Peter Kilby settled in Virginia in 1634; William Kilbye settled in Boston in 1767; Henry Kilbie settled in Virginia in 1637..