The name Kirkeyerd is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in or near the precincts of a church. Kirkeyerd belongs to the large class of Anglo-Saxon topographic
surnames, which were given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.
Early Origins of the Kirkeyerd family
The surname Kirkeyerd was first found in Staffordshire
, where one of the first records of the name was John atte
Chircheyerde who was listed there in 1298.
Early History of the Kirkeyerd family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kirkeyerd research.Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1332, 1379, 1520, 1606, 1631, 1520 and 1604 are included under the topic Early Kirkeyerd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kirkeyerd Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Kirkeyerd are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Kirkeyerd include: Churchyard, Churchard, Chircheyerde, Kirkeyerde, Cykarth, Cyrkarth, Kirkeyerd and many more.
Early Notables of the Kirkeyerd family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kirkeyerd family to Ireland
Some of the Kirkeyerd family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kirkeyerd family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Kirkeyerd or a variant listed above: Thomas Churchyard who sailed to Virginia in 1654.