Kilvington History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Kilvington surname is thought to be a habitational name taken on from the name of the Parish of Kilvington, in County Nottingham, on record since the Domesday Book (1086). There is also a parish of the name in the North Riding of Yorkshire, near Thirsk, listed as North Kilvington in the Domesday Book. These place names are thought to have derived from the Old English word "Kiluingtona."

Early Origins of the Kilvington family

The surname Kilvington was first found in Yorkshire, where John de Kylvyngton (Kilvington,) was chief keeper of the forest of Nidderdale in 1322; and Edward Kilvingtone was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. [1]

Early History of the Kilvington family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kilvington research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1305, 1353, 1354, 1361, 1649, 1660, 1685, 1733, and 1763 are included under the topic Early Kilvington History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kilvington Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Kilvington include Kilvingston, Kilvington and others.

Early Notables of the Kilvington family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Kilvington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand Kilvington migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Kilvington Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Mary Kilvington, (b. 1840), aged 29, British general servant travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 30th September 1869 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kilvington (post 1700) +

  • Sir Patrick Kilvington (1922-1990), Australian artist, winner of the Australian National Art Prize in 1951
  • Basil Kilvington (1877-1947), Australian (English born) surgeon and medical researcher

HMS Dorsetshire
  • John Elliott Kilvington (d. 1945), British Electrical Artificer 4th Class aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [3]


  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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html


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