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Kirkey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Kirkey name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family 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 Kirkey family

The surname Kirkey was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from early times.

Early History of the Kirkey family

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Kirkey Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Kirkey were recorded, including Kirkley, Kirkly, Kirklee, Kirkele, Kirkelee and others.

Early Notables of the Kirkey family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Kirkey family to the New World and Oceana

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Kirkey family emigrate to North America: S. Kirtley who sailed to San Francisco in 1852 and John George Kirtley who arrived in New Brunswick in 1902.

Contemporary Notables of the name Kirkey (post 1700)

  • Adam Kirkey, American sound engineer and editor

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