Kilhams History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

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

Early History of the Kilhams family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kilhams research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1200, 1709, 1762 and 1798 are included under the topic Early Kilhams History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

Early Notables of the Kilhams family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Kilhams family

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 Kilhams arrived in North America very early: John and Augustine Kilham, who sailed to Salem, Massachusetts in 1635 and William Killam to Barbados in 1668.



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