In Scottish history, few names go farther back than Kirkendall, whose ancestors lived among the clans of the Pictish tribe. They lived in either of the settlements called Kirkness in Orkney
. The surname Kirkendall belongs to the category of habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Kirkendall family
The surname Kirkendall was first found in Orkney
(Gaelic: Insi Orc, “Island of the wild pigs”) the historic northernmost island region of Scotland
, an early Pictish land, which came to be a stronghold of the Vikings
from the 9th century, where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Kirkendall family
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Kirkendall Spelling Variations
The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations
of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Kirkendall has been spelled Kirkness, Kirknes and others.
Early Notables of the Kirkendall family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kirkendall family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Kirkendall Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- David Kirkendall, who settled in Canada in 1810
- Eliza Kirkendall, who settled in Canada in 1811
Contemporary Notables of the name Kirkendall (post 1700)
- Ernest Oliver Kirkendall (1914-2005), American chemist and metallurgist, developer of the Kirkendall effect