Kirkel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestors of the Kirkel surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in the parish of Kirkley in the county of Suffolk as well as in Kirkley a township in the parish of Ponteland in the county of Northumberland.
Early Origins of the Kirkel family
The surname Kirkel was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from early times.
Important Dates for the Kirkel family
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Kirkel Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Kirkel include Kirkley, Kirkly, Kirklee, Kirkele, Kirkelee and others.
Early Notables of the Kirkel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kirkel family
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: S. Kirtley who sailed to San Francisco in 1852 and John George Kirtley who arrived in New Brunswick in 1902.