Early Origins of the Kirwood family
The surname Kirwood was first found in Ayrshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland
, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire
, 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.
Early History of the Kirwood family
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Kirwood Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Kirwood family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kirwood family to Ireland
Some of the Kirwood family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Kirwood family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: James Kirkwood who settled in New Jersey in 1685 with Elizabeth; Captain James Kirkwood settled in Boston in 1758; William Kirkwood settled in Boston in 1716.
The Kirwood Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Spes mea in Deo
Motto Translation: My hope is in God.