Killingbyck History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Killingbyck is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived along the Killingbeck river. Killingbyck is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

Early Origins of the Killingbyck family

The surname Killingbyck was first found in Yorkshire where the earliest record of the family dates back to the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 where Walter de Kelingbec gifted three bovates of land to the Knights Templar of Newsam.

Early History of the Killingbyck family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Killingbyck research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1682, 1688, 1722, 1677, 1690 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Killingbyck History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Killingbyck Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Killingbyck are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Killingbyck include: Killingbeck, Killingbech and others.

Early Notables of the Killingbyck family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Killingbyck family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Killingbyck or a variant listed above: Richard Killingbeck settled in Virginia in 1607; Henry Killingbeck settled in Pennsylvania in 1682.



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