The name ‘Kirk’ originates from England and Scotland. It is derived from the topographic name for someone who lived near a church or metonymic occupational name for someone who was employed in one, from the Northern Middle English word ‘kirk’ meaning church )Old Norman ‘kirkja’, meaning see further at church). Variant´s: ‘Kirke’, ‘Kerk’, ‘Kyrke’, ‘Kir(c)kman`. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Kirk’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the reign of Richard III, were a ‘William atte Kirke, from England, is recorded. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definately determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that one of the first settlers was a certain ‘John Kirkby’, aged 29, a flax dresser by trade, from the county of Yorkshire, England. He emigrated to North America with his wife ‘Ann Kirkby’, aged 24, and their children ‘Ann Kirkby’, aged 4, and ‘John Kirkby’, aged 2, in 1774… Coat of arms: Argent a chevron between …
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