Origins Available: English
Killhan is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in the parish of Kilham in the East Riding of Yorkshire
. Some members of the Killhan 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 Killhan family
The surname Killhan was first found in Yorkshire
and Cumberlandshire, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Killhan family
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Killhan Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Killhan family name include Kilham, Killham, Killam, Killum and others.
Early Notables of the Killhan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Killhan family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Killhan surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John and Augustine Kilham, who sailed to Salem, Massachusetts in 1635 and William Killam to Barbados in 1668.