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

The Kirkpatrick surname is derived from one of various place names in Scotland. These place names come from the Old Norse "kirkja" which became "kirk" and means "church." Several churches were dedicated to St. Patrick, and then the place names followed from the church names.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Kilpatrick, Gilpatrick, Patrick, Kirkpatrick and others.

First found in Dumfriesshire at Closeburn, a civil parish. The surname was derived from a chapel on a farm in the parish that was once dedicated to Saint Patrick. About 1 km east of Closeburn lies Closeburn Castle, a tower house that was the family seat of the Kirkpatrick family until 1783. The first record of the name is of a Sir Roger de Kirkpatrick (born c. 1280), 3rd cousin and associate of Robert the Bruce, 1st cousin of Sir William Wallace who attested a charter by one of the Bruces in the 14th century.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kirkpatrick research. Another 419 words(30 lines of text) covering the years 1232, 1783, 1296, 1695, 1685 and are included under the topic Early Kirkpatrick History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 115 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kirkpatrick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Kirkpatrick family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 167 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kirkpatrick Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • James Kirkpatrick, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Walter Kirkpatrick, aged 17, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Euphemia Kirkpatrick, aged 50, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Catherine Kirkpatrick, aged 15, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • George Kirkpatrick arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Daniel O'Connell" in 1834


Kirkpatrick Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Kirkpatrick, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "British Empire"
  • John Kirkpatrick, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1850
  • Nancy Kirkpatrick, aged 24, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1850
  • Henry Kirkpatrick arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Salacia" in 1850
  • Patrick Kirkpatrick arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Salacia" in 1850


Kirkpatrick Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Robert Kirkpatrick, aged 22, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Constance" in 1862
  • William Kirkpatrick arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alexandrina" in 1871
  • Elizabeth Kirkpatrick arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alexandrina" in 1871
  • Elizabeth A. Kirkpatrick arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alexandrina" in 1871
  • Margaret Kirkpatrick arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alexandrina" in 1871


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  • Jeane Duane Jordan Kirkpatrick (1926-2006), U.S. Representative to the United Nations (1981-1985) and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Andrew Kirkpatrick (1756-1831), Chief Justice of New Jersey Supreme Court
  • Sidney D. Kirkpatrick (b. 1955), American documentary film maker and author
  • William J. Kirkpatrick (1838-1921), American musician and composer
  • Ann Kirkpatrick (b. 1950), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona's 1st district (2013)
  • Christopher Alan "Chris" Kirkpatrick (b. 1971), American singer, dancer, entertainer, and voice actor, founding member of the pop group 'N Sync
  • Donald Kirkpatrick, American educator, Professor Emeritus of the University of Wisconsin
  • Karey Kirkpatrick (b. 1964), American Annie Award winning, Hugo Award nominated screenwriter and director
  • Ralph Kirkpatrick (1911-1984), American musician, musicologist and harpsichordist
  • Ted Kirkpatrick (b. 1960), American heavy metal drummer, best known for his work with and as co-founder of the Christian metal band Tourniquet

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  • The Descendants of Valentine Kirkpatrick by Willett Douglas Kirkpatrick.
  • Homestead by Jane Kirkpatrick.
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The Kirkpatrick Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kirkpatrick 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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