Kilborn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Kilborn date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Kilborn family lived in one of three places: Kilbourne, a township, in the parish of Horsley, union of Belper, hundred of Morleston and Litchurch, in Derbyshire; or Kilburn, a hamlet, in Middlesex; or Kilburn, a parish in the North Riding of Yorkshire. [1]

It is generally thought that the Yorkshire parish is the oldest as it was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Chileburne. [2] The Middlesex (Greater London) parish dates back to c. 1130 when it was known as Cuneburna and finally the Derbyshire parish was known as Kileburn in 1179. All were derived from the Old English "stream by a kiln [3] or "stream of a man called Cylla." [4]

Early Origins of the Kilborn family

The surname Kilborn was first found in Derbyshire where Ralph le Kylburn was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [5]

A few years later in 1284, Richard de Killeburne was listed in Yorkshire and later again, Thomas de Kilburn was similarly listed there in 1305. [6]

Early History of the Kilborn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kilborn research. Another 144 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1576, 1587, 1626, 1746, 1807, 1605 and 1623 are included under the topic Early Kilborn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kilborn Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Kilborn are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Kilborn include: Kilborne, Kilbourn, Kilbourne, Kilburn, Kilburne and others.

Early Notables of the Kilborn family (pre 1700)

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kilborn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Kilborn migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Kilborn or a variant listed above:

Kilborn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Moore Kilborn, who landed in New York, NY in 1884 [7]
  • Richard Kilborn, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1894
Kilborn Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Rollin Kilborn, aged 48, who immigrated to America, in 1903
  • Mrs. Horace M. Kilborn, aged 40, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Orson K. Kilborn, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • George Kilborn, aged 56, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Horace M. Kilborn, aged 42, who landed in America, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Kilborn migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kilborn Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Kilborn Benjamin U.E., "Kilbourn, Kilburn" who settled in Kitley [Elizabeth-Kitley], Ontario c. 1784 [8]
  • Mr. Kilborn Charles U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kilborn (post 1700) +

  • Craig Kilborn (b. 1962), American comedian and former talk show host
  • John L. Kilborn, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, 1898 [9]
  • John Kilborn (1889-1989), American Republican politician, Emmet County Sheriff, 1941-54; Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Emmet District, 1955-62 [9]
  • Joe C. Kilborn, American politician, Mayor of Petoskey, Michigan, 1977-90 [9]
  • Jesse Kilborn, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Madison County, 1833 [9]
  • Frank J. Kilborn, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Washington [9]
  • Cecil Kilborn (b. 1902), English footballer
  • Pamela Kilborn -Ryan AM, MBE (b. 1939), former Australian athlete, six-time gold medalist in the 1960s and 1970s
  • John Kilborn (1794-1878), Canadian merchant, lumberman and politician in Upper Canada


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  4. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  7. ^ 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)
  8. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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