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The name Kirton first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in the region of Kirkton which referred to site where a church was in Berkshire. Kirton 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.

Kirton Early Origins



The surname Kirton was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Kirton Spelling Variations


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Kirton Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Kirton has appeared include Kirton, Kirkton, Kirtman and others.

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Kirton Early History


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Kirton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kirton research. Another 296 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1270 and 1296 are included under the topic Early Kirton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kirton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kirton Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kirton 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



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Kirton arrived in North America very early:

Kirton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Kirton settled in Barbados in 1673
  • Phillip and Sarah Kirton settled in Barbados in 1680 with their servants

Kirton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anthony Kirton settled in New England in 1769

Kirton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Kirton landed in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kirton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kirton (post 1700)



  • Spencer J. Kirton (b. 1874), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Trinidad, 1904-11
  • Leroy Kirton, American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1961
  • Sir James Kirton (d. 1620), English politician
  • John William "Jack" Kirton (1873-1970), English professional footballer
  • William John 'Billy' Kirton (1896-1970), English footballer
  • Linda Kirton (b. 1948), Canadian curling official
  • John J. Kirton, Canadian professor of political science
  • Rex S Kirton, New Zealand local body politician
  • Neil Kirton, former New Zealand politician
  • Colin Kirton, Malaysian stage and television actor
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    9. 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.
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    11. ...

    The Kirton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kirton 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 18 November 2016 at 10:25.

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