The roots of the Anglo-Saxon
name Kirshaw come from when the family resided in the area of Kirkshaw at Rochdale in the county of Lancashire
. Kirshaw 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.
Early Origins of the Kirshaw family
The surname Kirshaw was first found in Lancashire
where it is a local
name 'of Kirkshaw,' in the parish of Rochdale. Literally the place name means "church-wood." Some of the earliest records of the name include: Matthew de Kyrkshagh, Lancashire
in 1281; Geoffrey del Kyrkeshagh, of Rochdale parish in 1390; and John de Kyrkshagh, or Kershaw, of Townhouses, in Rochdale, 1424. 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)
Early History of the Kirshaw family
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Kirshaw Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Kirshaw has been recorded under many different variations, including Kershaw, Kercher, Kershow, Kirshaw, Kirkshaw and others.
Early Notables of the Kirshaw family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kirshaw family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Kirshaw Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Robert Kirshaw, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749