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The founding heritage of the Kirkman family is in the Anglo-Saxon culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Kirkman comes from when one of the family worked as a churchwarden; the custodian of a church. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old Norman word kirkja, which meant church, and man, the Old English word for man. The original bearers of the name were responsible for taking care of the buildings and grounds of the local church, which was an honored occupation. The name is primarily found in the north of England, where the Old Norman language had a great impact due to the waves of immigration from Scandinavia in the 9th and 10th centuries. Norman is a contraction of Norsemen; we call them the Vikings. While they came for rapine and pillage, many of them stayed to raise families. There are many names in the north of England that show the influence of these settlers on the English language.

Kirkman Early Origins



The surname Kirkman was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from medieval times.

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Kirkman Spelling Variations


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Kirkman Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Kirkman has been spelled many different ways, including Kirkman, Kirkeman, Kerman, Churchman, Kyrkman, Kyrkeman and many more.

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Kirkman Early History


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Kirkman Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kirkman research. Another 270 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1230, 1259, 1270, 1273, and 1379 are included under the topic Early Kirkman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kirkman Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kirkman Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kirkman 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



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Kirkmans to arrive in North America:

Kirkman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Sarah Kirkman who arrived in America in 1772
  • Elizabeth Kirkman who sailed to America in 1775

Kirkman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Kirkman, who came to Philadelphia in 1803
  • Henry Kirkman, who arrived in Baltimore in 1823
  • William Kirkman, who came to Philadelphia in 1844

Kirkman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Kirkman, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  • James Kirkman, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sultana"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kirkman (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kirkman (post 1700)



  • Tim Kirkman (b. 1966), American Emmy Award nominated, Nashville Film Festival Award winning director
  • Roger Randolph "Red" Kirkman (1905-1973), American football player for the Philadelphia Eagles
  • Rick Kirkman (b. 1953), American cartoonist and co-creator of the comic strip Baby Blues
  • Christina Sally Kirkman (b. 1993), American teen actress and comedian
  • Terry Kirkman (b. 1939), American musician and songwriter, best known for his hit song "Cherish"
  • Jacob Kirkman (1710-1792), Alsace-born, English harpsichord and later piano maker, founder of Kirkman harpsichords
  • Sir Sidney Chevalier Kirkman GCB, KBE, MC (1895-1982), English General, Director General of Civil Defence in the Civil Defence Department from 1954 to 1960
  • Thomas Penyngton Kirkman FRS (1806-1895), English mathematician
  • William Stanley Kirkman (b. 1961), Australian cricketer who played four first-class matches
  • William Henry Kirkman (1775-1850), two term Senator for Washington

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Kirkman Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809

Other References

  1. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. 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. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Kirkman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kirkman 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 27 November 2014 at 09:43.

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