Origins Available: English
The ancestors of the Kilhan surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name comes from when they lived in the parish of Kilham in the East Riding of Yorkshire
. Some members of the Kilhan 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 Kilhan family
The surname Kilhan was first found in Yorkshire
and Cumberlandshire, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Kilhan family
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Kilhan Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Kilhan include Kilham, Killham, Killam, Killum and others.
Early Notables of the Kilhan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kilhan family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: John and Augustine Kilham, who sailed to Salem, Massachusetts in 1635 and William Killam to Barbados in 1668.