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The Irish surname Kilian originally appeared in Gaelic as O Cillin.

Kilian Early Origins



The surname Kilian was first found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held territories was at Ballykilleen since early times. This lofty family were the ancient Chiefs of Fingal, Earls of Fingal and Lords Killeen. Saint Kilian, (also spelled Killian) from the Irish: Cillian, was an Irish missionary bishop and the apostle of Franconia. He was born in Mullagh, County Cavan, and is the patron saint of the parish of Tuosist, in County Kerry. Saint Kilian's feast day is July 8th and St. Kilian's Abbey, at Würzburg is named after him. Today there are two Killeen Castles in Ireland: one located at Dunsany, in County Meath, that dates back to about 1180, but today's structure is a restoration of the 19th century after a fire in 1981. It will include a luxury golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. The second Killeen Castle is a 17th century castle at Killeen, in Castlegar, County Galway.

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Kilian Spelling Variations


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Kilian Spelling Variations



The scribes who created documents long before either the Gaelic or English language resembled their standardized versions of today recorded words as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages the names of many people were recorded under different spellings each time they were written down. Research on the Kilian family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Killeen, Killen, Killion, Killian, Killin, Gilin, Killan, Killoon, O'Killen, McKillen and many more.

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Kilian Early History


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Kilian Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kilian research. Another 243 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1981, 1180 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Kilian History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kilian Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kilian Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kilian Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many Irish families boarded ships bound for North America in the middle of 19th century to escape the conditions of poverty and racial discrimination . Although these immigrants often arrived in a destitute state, they went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. An inquiry into many immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants to North America bearing the Kilian family name:

Kilian Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Andreas Kilian, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Caspar Kilian, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Michael Kilian, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Johann Philipp Kilian, who landed in America in 1782
  • Conrad Kilian, who arrived in New York, NY in 1782
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kilian Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Kilian, aged 25, arrived in New York, NY in 1822
  • Peter Kilian, aged 32, landed in Missouri in 1844
  • Henry Kilian, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1852
  • Cathar Kilian, aged 22, landed in New York in 1854
  • Johann Kilian, who arrived in Texas in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kilian Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Johannes B. Kilian, aged 26, a carpenter, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Steinwarder" in 1864
  • Emily Kilian, aged 20, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Steinwarder" in 1864
  • Hendrina Aannie Kilian, aged 6 mths., arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Steinwarder" in 1864

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kilian (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kilian (post 1700)



  • John Kilian (1811-1884), German-born, American Lutheran pastor and leader of the colony known as the Wends of Texas
  • Michael David Kilian (1939-2005), American journalist and author
  • André Kilian (b. 1987), German footballer who plays for FC Homburg

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    10. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
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    The Kilian Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kilian Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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