Origins Available: English
The ancestry of the name Kilghan dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the parish of Kilham in the East Riding of Yorkshire
. Some members of the Kilghan family were also found in the township of Kilham found in the parish of Kirk-Newton in the county of Northumberland.
Early Origins of the Kilghan family
The surname Kilghan was first found in Yorkshire
and Cumberlandshire, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Kilghan family
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Kilghan Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Kilghan have been found, including Kilham, Killham, Killam, Killum and others.
Early Notables of the Kilghan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kilghan family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Kilghan, or a variant listed above: John and Augustine Kilham, who sailed to Salem, Massachusetts in 1635 and William Killam to Barbados in 1668.