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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.

Kirkley Early Origins



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

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Kirkley Early History


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Kirkley Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Kirkley Spelling Variations


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Kirkley Spelling Variations



Kirkley has been spelled many different ways. 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. Spelling variants included: Kirkley, Kirkly, Kirklee, Kirkele, Kirkelee and others.

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Kirkley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kirkley Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876
  • Henry J. Kirkley, aged 18, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876

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