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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Curtler, Courtler, Kirtler, Cirtler, Curtillier, Corteler, Cortler and many more.

First found in Essex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 12the century when they held estates in that county.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kirtley research. Another 277 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1186, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Kirtley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kirtley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • S. Kirtley who sailed to San Francisco in 1852
  • William Kirtley, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873

Kirtley Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • John George Kirtley who arrived in New Brunswick in 1902

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  • Mrs. Elizabeth Kirtley (1889-2014), née Frank English Third Class Passenger from West Hartlepool, England, United Kingdom who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914


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  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. 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.
  3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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The Kirtley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kirtley 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 13 November 2014 at 16:21.

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