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The surname Kirk 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. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The name Kirk translates as church, and indicates that the original bearer of the name lived in a village with a prominent church.

Kirk Early Origins



The surname Kirk was first found in Cumberland, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Kirk Spelling Variations


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Kirk Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Kirk, Kirkhoe, Kirkaugh, Kirko, Kirkoe and others.

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Kirk Early History


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Kirk Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kirk research. Another 263 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1258, 1600, 1590, 1597, 1644, 1692, 1646, 1691, 1681 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Kirk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kirk Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kirk Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable among the family at this time was Robert Kirk (1644-1692), a Scottish minister, Gaelic scholar and folklorist from Aberfoyle, Stirling, best known for his "The Secret...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kirk Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kirk In Ireland


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Kirk In Ireland



Some of the Kirk family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kirk Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Christopher and Judith Kirk settled in Virginia in 1635
  • John Kirk settled in New England in 1698

Kirk Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Grafton Kirk settled in Maryland in 1738
  • Agnes Kirk, who was recorded in Pennsylvania in 1773

Kirk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Gottfried Kirk, whose Oath of Allegiance was recorded in Philadelphia in 1856

Kirk Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Kirk John U.E. who settled in Parr Town [Saint John], New Brunswick c. 1784 he was a member of the first grand jury in Saint John [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Kirk Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Kirk, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • Catherine Kirk, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Forth" in 1833
  • Mary Kirk, aged 22, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor Gordon" in 1834
  • Eliza Kirk, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Betsy Heron" from Belfast, Ireland

Kirk Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Michael Kirk, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  • John Kirk, a mason, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Alexander Kirk arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Lysander.htm
  • Sarah Kirk arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THOMAS HARRISON 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839ThomasHarrison.htm
  • Robert Kirk arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Helen Thompson" in 1840 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HELEN THOMPSON 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840HelenThompson.gif
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kirk Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Kirk arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cashmere" in 1854
  • Stephen Kirk, aged 27, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Elizabeth Kirk, aged 27, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Robert Kirk, aged 27, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856
  • Matilda Kirk, aged 26, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kirk (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kirk (post 1700)



  • Richard R. Van Kirk, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Oil City, Pennsylvania, 1956; Candidate for Pennsylvania State Senate 48th District, 1958
  • Lauren Van Kirk, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2004
  • Leroy H. Van Kirk, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Ithaca, New York, 1906-14
  • H. C. Van Kirk, American Democrat politician, Chair of Montour County Democratic Party, 1937
  • Gertrude Van Kirk, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1980
  • Eron C. Van Kirk, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Ithaca, New York, 1882-85
  • Charles C. Van Kirk, American politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court 4th District, 1910-26
  • Oliver Kirk (b. 1884), American two time Olympic gold medalist for boxing at the 1904 Summer Games
  • Major-General Norman Thomas Kirk (1888-1960), American Surgeon-General of the Army (1943-1947)
  • Major-General James Kirk (1890-1972), American Chief of Field Service Division, Office of the Chief of Ordnance (1946)
  • ... (Another 87 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Kirk Historic Events


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Kirk Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Russell G Kirk (b. 1920), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Wantage, Berkshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Alfred Kirk (b. 1911), English Ordinary Telegraphist serving for the Royal Navy from Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Harry Kirk, British Boy 1st Class from Ramsgate, Kent, England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was listed as missing and presumed killed during the evacuation of Singapore 1942

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Suggested Readings for the name Kirk


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Suggested Readings for the name Kirk



  • Southern Kirk and Carrell Families by Maudie Marie Holt Marshall.
  • Farrington and Kirk Family by Herschel B. Rochelle.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Optimum quod primum
Motto Translation: That is best that is first.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Lysander.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THOMAS HARRISON 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839ThomasHarrison.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HELEN THOMPSON 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840HelenThompson.gif

Other References

  1. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  2. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  5. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  6. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Kirk Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kirk 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.

This page was last modified on 7 December 2016 at 09:54.

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