Kill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The origins of the Kill name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in Keele, a village and civil parish in northern Staffordshire, or in East Keal or West Keal in Lincolnshire. The surname Kill belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Kill family
The surname Kill was first found in Lincolnshire where early records reveal that Robert de Kele was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273.  The same rolls list William de Kele in the same shire.  As far as the origin of the place name Keele is concerned, we must look to the village and parish in Staffordshire where the name was derived from the Old English words "cy" + "hyll," and literally meant "hill where cows graze." The first listing of the place name was found in 1169 when is was listed as Kiel.  Keele Hall is a 19th-century mansion house at Keele, Staffordshire and the eponym of Keele University, officially known as the University of Keele, a public research university near Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.
Important Dates for the Kill family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kill research. Another 47 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1562, 1671, 1721, 1673 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Kill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kill Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Kill were recorded, including Keele, Keel, Keal, Keale and others.
Early Notables of the Kill family (pre 1700)
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Kill migration to the United States
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Kill family emigrate to North America:
Typical Kill Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Kill Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- James Kill, who landed in Maryland in 1658 
Kill Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Peter Kill, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 
- Jacob Kill, who landed in America in 1752 
Kill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Kill, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 
- Thomas Kill, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 
Kill migration to Australia
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Kill Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Caroline Kill, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Stebonheath" in 1849 
- Mr. James Kill, (b. 1832), aged 30, Cornish farm labourer departing from Liverpool in 1861 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 16th March 1862 
- Mrs. Kill, (b. 1834), aged 28, Cornish general servant departing from Liverpool in 1861 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 16th March 1862 
You May Also Like
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ 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)
- ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STEBONHEATH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Stebonheath.htm
- ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf