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The name Kirkbright was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Kirkbright 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.

Kirkbright Early Origins



The surname Kirkbright 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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Kirkbright Spelling Variations


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Kirkbright Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Kirkbride, Kirkbryd, Kirkbright and others.

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Kirkbright Early History


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Kirkbright Early History



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

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Kirkbright Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kirkbright Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kirkbright 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kirkbright Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Kirkbright arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Derwent" in 1849

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    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. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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    The Kirkbright Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kirkbright 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 8 December 2013 at 11:25.

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