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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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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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  • William Guy Henry Kirtley (1883-1936), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1932
  • William Kirtley Jr. (1858-1915), American Republican politician, Hotel-keeper; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1904
  • Mahlon Simms Kirtley (1837-1880), American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Putnam County, 1875; Member of West Virginia State Senate 5th District, 1877-80
  • John F. Kirtley, American Democrat politician, Chair of Putnam County Democratic Party, 1917
  • J. Marcus Kirtley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1948 (alternate), 1956
  • 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. 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.
  2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  5. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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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.

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