Show ContentsKilham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient roots of the Kilham family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Kilham comes from when the family lived in the parish of Kilham in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Some members of the Kilham 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 Kilham family

The surname Kilham was first found in Yorkshire and Cumberlandshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Kilham family

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Kilham 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 Kilham has appeared include Kilham, Killham, Killam, Killum and others.

Early Notables of the Kilham family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • Alexander Kilham (1762-1798), founder of a branch of the Methodist Church in England

United States Kilham 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 Kilham arrived in North America very early:

Kilham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Austin Kilham, who arrived in New England in 1641 [1]
  • Daniel Kilham, who landed in New England in 1645 [1]
  • John Kilham, who arrived in New England in 1654 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kilham (post 1700) +

  • Leonard C. Kilham, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Madison County 2nd District, 1869-71 [2]

  1. 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)
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from on Facebook