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The surname Killingsworth was first found in Northumberland where Killingworth is a township in the parish of Long Benton. There may have been another local in Norfolk as many of the early records of the surname are found there: Adam de Kellyngworthe was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273; and Thomas de Killingworth was vicar of Windham as listed in the Feet of Fines of 1388. The Feet of Fines of 1561 list Thomas de Killingworth, again in Norfolk. [1]

The name, Killingsworth, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Killingworth, Chillingworth, Shillingworth and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Killingsworth research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Killingsworth History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Among the early settlers bearing the Killingsworth surname who came to North America were:

Killingsworth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Wiley S. Killingsworth, aged 34, who settled in America, in 1897

Killingsworth Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Walter M. Killingsworth, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Wisbeck, England, in 1923
  • Allen Killingsworth, aged 28, who emigrated to Chicago, Ill, in 1924

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  • Thomas Killingsworth, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1980
  • Ray Killingsworth, American Republican politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1948
  • A. J. Killingsworth, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Senator from Alabama, 1978
  • Robert Killingsworth (b. 1962), American professional football player
  • Cleve L. Killingsworth, American former CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Daniel Killingsworth (1835-1862), American lawyer and Confederate officer
  • Edward Killingsworth (1917-2004), American architect


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  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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The Killingsworth Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Killingsworth Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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