Show ContentsKilbourne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Kilbourne comes from the family having resided 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 Kilbourne family

The surname Kilbourne 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 Kilbourne family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kilbourne 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 Kilbourne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kilbourne Spelling Variations

Kilbourne has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Kilborne, Kilbourn, Kilbourne, Kilburn, Kilburne and others.

Early Notables of the Kilbourne family (pre 1700)

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Kilbourne Ranking

In the United States, the name Kilbourne is the 16,118th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [7]

United States Kilbourne migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Kilbournes to arrive on North American shores:

Kilbourne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Kilbourne, who settled in Connecticut in 1635
  • Rich Kilbourne, who arrived in Virginia in 1658 [8]
Kilbourne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Kilbourne, who landed in America in 1805 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kilbourne (post 1700) +

  • Edward Corliss Kilbourne (1856-1959), American founder of the Seattle public electricity system
  • Edwin Dennis Kilbourne (1920-2011), American research scientist
  • Charles Evans Kilbourne (1872-1963), American officer in the United States Army, recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Philippine–American War
  • Jean Kilbourne Ed.D. (b. 1943), American feminist author, speaker, and filmmaker
  • James Kilbourne (1770-1850), American surveyor and politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio (1813-1817)
  • Samuel Lount Kilbourne (1838-1925), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Michigan National Democratic Party State Executive Committee, 1899; Member of Michigan National Democratic State Central Committee, 1899 [9]
  • Jonathan Kilbourne, American politician, Member of Ohio State Senate, 1850-53 (Butler County 1850-51, 2nd District 1852-53) [9]
  • James Kilbourne (1842-1919), American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1892, 1896, 1900 (delegation chair); Candidate for Governor of Ohio, 1901 [9]
  • James Kilbourne (1770-1850), American Democratic Party politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio 5th District, 1813-17; Presidential Elector for Ohio, 1820; Member of Ohio State House of Representatives, 1823 [9]
  • Ernest A. Kilbourne (1865-1928), Canadian missionary evangelist to Japan

  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)
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  8. ^ 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)
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from on Facebook