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The name Kirkbride was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Kirkbride family lived near a church which is derived from the Scottish word kirk, which means church. There is a town called Kirkbridge in Cumberland, about 6 miles from Wigton.

Kirkbride Early Origins



The surname Kirkbride was first found in Cumberland, where Adam de Logis adopted this surname after being granted the village of Kirkbride by his father. Kirkbride is located in Cumbria, near the Kirkbride Roman fort which dates back to 122 AD and Hadrian's Wall.

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Kirkbride Spelling Variations


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Kirkbride Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Kirkbride, Kirkbryd, Kirkbright and others.

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Kirkbride Early History


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Kirkbride Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kirkbride research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1274, 1677, and 1742 are included under the topic Early Kirkbride History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kirkbride Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kirkbride Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kirkbride Notables 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



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Kirkbride or a variant listed above:

Kirkbride Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Joseph Kirkbride to Pennsylvania in 1684

Kirkbride Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David Kirkbride to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1833
  • Owen Kirkbride to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1860

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kirkbride (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kirkbride (post 1700)



  • Ronald de Levington Kirkbride (1912-1973), American writer of escapist romances and mystery novels, one of his works was optioned by Alfred Hitchcock, but was never made into a film
  • Thomas Story Kirkbride (b. 1809), American psychiatrist and originator of the Kirkbride Plan
  • Mabelle M. Kirkbride, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1932
  • Joel P. Kirkbride, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Camden County, 1861-62
  • Mrs. Dan Kirkbride, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wyoming, 1948
  • Charles E. Kirkbride, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Allegheny County, 1906
  • Anne Kirkbride (1954-2015), British actress, best known for her role as as Deirdre Barlow in Coronation Street
  • Sir Alec Seath Kirkbride (1897-1978), British diplomat, Ambassador of Great Britain to Amman (1946)
  • Peter Kirkbride (1987-2010), Scottish silver medalist weightlifter at the 2010 Commonwealth Games
  • Julie Kirkbride (b. 1960), British politician, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (2003-2005)
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    11. ...

    The Kirkbride Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kirkbride 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 23 December 2015 at 11:11.

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