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The ancestors of the name Kirkham date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Kirkham family lived in the region of Kirham. Kirkham is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.

Kirkham Early Origins



The surname Kirkham was first found in Lancashire at Kirkham, a market-town and parish, in the union of the Fylde, hundred of Amounderness. Dating back to Saxon times, the parish took its name from its church. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
There is another Kirkham in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The first record of the family was Simon de Kirkeham who was listed in the Assize Rolls of Yorkshire in 1219. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Adam de Kirkham; Agnes de Kyrkham; and Johannes Kvrkam. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Despite the name having the Scottish word "kirk" meaning "church" as its root, it was "probably a recent incomer from England to Scotland." [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Alexander Kircum was listed in parish of Birsay, Scotland in 1640.

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Kirkham Spelling Variations


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Kirkham 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 Kirkham 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. The variations of the name Kirkham include: Kirkham, Kirkam and others.

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Kirkham Early History


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Kirkham Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kirkham research. Another 291 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1575, 1507, 1582, 1523, 1525 and 1582 are included under the topic Early Kirkham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kirkham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kirkham Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kirkham 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



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. 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 Kirkham or a variant listed above:

Kirkham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Kirkham who settled in Maryland in 1774

Kirkham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Watson Kirkham arrived in Philadelphia in 1833
  • John Kirkham arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1858

Kirkham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Kirkham, English convict from Lincoln, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  • Richard Kirkham, aged 24, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"
  • Thomas Kirkham, aged 28, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"

Kirkham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mary Kirkham arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cashmere" in 1853
  • Walter Kirkham, aged 33, a brickmaker, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Queen of the North" in 1874
  • Ellen Kirkham, aged 33, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Queen of the North" in 1874
  • Walter Kirkham, aged 11, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Queen of the North" in 1874
  • Ellen Kirkham, aged 9, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Queen of the North" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kirkham (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kirkham (post 1700)



  • Kathleen Kirkham (1895-1961), American silent screen leading lady
  • Stanton Davis Kirkham (1868-1944), American naturalist, philosopher, ornithologist and author
  • Rick Kirkham, American journalist
  • Richard Kirkham (b. 1955), American philosopher
  • Graham Kirkham CVO (b. 1944), Baron Kirkham, an English businessman, founder and chairman of DFS Furniture Company Ltd; he has an estimated personal fortune 1 billion
  • Glenn Kirkham (b. 1982), English field hockey player
  • Fred Kirkham (d. 1949), English football referee and manager of Tottenham Hotspur
  • Tony Kirkham (b. 1957), English botanist
  • Tom Kirkham, English football referee
  • Reg Kirkham (1919-1999), English footballer
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Kirkham Historic Events


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Kirkham Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Eric James Kirkham (1917-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Shenton Park, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. James Kirkham (d. 1912), aged 38, English Greaser from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824

Other References

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  11. ...

The Kirkham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kirkham 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.

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