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Where did the English Kirkley family come from? What is the English Kirkley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kirkley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kirkley family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Kirkley comes from the family having resided 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.

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Kirkley has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Kirkley, Kirkly, Kirklee, Kirkele, Kirkelee and others.

First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kirkley research. Another 291 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1223, 1273, 1639, and 1687 are included under the topic Early Kirkley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Kirkley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kirkley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James Kirkley, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876
  • Henry J. Kirkley, aged 18, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876

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

This page was last modified on 31 October 2014 at 04:18.

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