The origins of the Killech name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in Kilnwick or Kilnwick Percy in the East Riding of Yorkshire
. They are now found in Humberside, a new county formed after the reorganization of local
government in England
in 1974. The place-name is based on the Old English personal name
Cylla, and means "farm of a man named Cylla." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Kilnwick was recorded as Chileuuit CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
in the Domesday Book
in 1086, and as Killingwic
in the 12th century. Kilnwick Percy was named Chelingewic
in 1086, as is recorded in the Domesday Book
. The surname means "of Kilnwick."
Early Origins of the Killech family
The surname Killech was first found in Yorkshire
at Kilnwick (or Kilnwick-on-the-Wolds), a village and parish in the Yorkshire
Wolds. "Many provincial dialects drop the final N of Kiln; and the W in the termination, as in War(w)ick, Nor(w)ich." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Killech family
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Killech 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 Killech were recorded, including Killick, Killwick, Killik, Killicke and others.
Early Notables of the Killech family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Killech family to the New World and Oceana
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 Killech family emigrate to North America: James Killicke settled in Virginia in 1648.