Anglo-Saxon name Killham comes from the family having resided in the parish of Kilham in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Some members of the Killham 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 Killham family
Yorkshire and Cumberlandshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Killham family
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Killham Spelling Variations
hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Kilham, Killham, Killam, Killum and others.
Early Notables of the Killham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Killham family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Killhams to arrive on North American shores: John and Augustine Kilham, who sailed to Salem, Massachusetts in 1635 and William Killam to Barbados in 1668.
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