HISTORY OF THE KIRKWOOD NAME :
is an Olde Scottish locational surname. It originates from one of the places
in the former counties of Ayrshire, Dumfriesshire and Lanarkshire. All share
the same meaning and derivation which is from the Gaelic-Old English word
"Kirk", meaning "church", itself derived from the Olde
Norse "Kirkja", plus the Middle English suffix "wode", and
the Olde English pre 7th "wudu". The place name thus translates as
"the church in the wood" or possibly the wood owned by the church.
area which now forms much of the modern county
of Strathclyde was the first part of Scotland to be
under English influence, and seemingly English sounding place names, and hence
surnames, have a degree of popularity. Early examples of the Kirkwood surname recordings include Alexander
Kirkwod, according to the ancient rolls 'a follower of the Earl of Cassilis',
who was acquitted of a murder charge in 1526! Quite what he had been up to is
not clear, but it seems that his master’s influence helped his cause. A more
notable bearer of the surname was James Pugh Kirkwood, born in Edinburgh in 1807. He emigrated to America in 1830 having trained as an engineer,
and achieved fame as the builder of the New York
The first recorded
spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Kirkwood, which was
dated 1476, in the registers of the Royal Burgh of Stirling, during the reign
of King James III of Scotland, 1460 - 1488. Surnames became necessary when
governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax.
Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to
"develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original
Our Kirkwood family including MOORE & McPIKE
Small numbers by a
name refer to personal number in listing eg ALEXANDER 2 BRIMNER
– see 2.
GENERATION ONE :
1. ~ ~ ~ JOHN KIRKWOOD was
born in 1845 in Kilbarchan,
died in 1927. John married EMMELINE
AMELIA (EMMA) MOORE on 31 October 1876 in Westport,
New Zealand. Emmeline was the eldest daughter of CHARLES
MOORE and ELLEN McPIKE. Her first
husband EDWARD WOODWARD had died earlier in the year and she had two young sons
at the time of her marriage to John.
to the MOORE family for more information about
Children of JOHN KIRKWOOD and EMMELINE MOORE were:
HENRY KIRKWOOD, born 1876 in Westport,
KIRKWOOD, born 1877 in Westport,
New Zealand. Emma married WILLIAM JAMES COOPER. William was born in 1871 in Greymouth, New Zealand
and died in 1928. Emma died in 1923.
ALEXANDER 2 KIRKWOOD,
born 1879 in Westport, New Zealand.
ISABELLA KIRKWOOD, born 1881 in Westport;
KIRKWOOD, born 1882 in Westport;
died 1963. Ellen married HENRY VICTOR
PENMAN. Henry was born in 1880 in Bulls,
West Coast, New Zealand.
FAITHFULL KIRKWOOD, born 1884 in Westport,
ELIZABETH MARY KIRKWOOD, born 1886 in Westport,
New Zealand. Rovina married WILLIAM DONALDSON. William was born in 1883 in Nelson, New Zealand;
died 1919. Rovina died in 1978.
MAY CLARA KIRKWOOD, born 1888 in Westport, New Zealand;
died 1967. Isabella married JAMES
HERBERT ANSTIS. James was born in 1888
and died in 1968.
ANN KIRKWOOD, born 1890 in Westport,
died 1975. Sophia married ERNEST ALBERT
MULLINS. Ernest was born in 1904 in
Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand.
SARAH JUBILEE KIRKWOOD, born 1892 in Westport,
New Zealand. Ariel married JOHN ROBERTS.
McKENZIE KIRKWOOD, born 1893 in Westport,
New Zealand. Florence
married BRUCE GLENDINNING. Bruce was
born in 1892. Florence died in
LILY KIRKWOOD, born 1893 in Westport,
died 1961. Maria married FRANCIS
KIRKWOOD. Francis was born in 1884 in Newcastle, New
South Wales, Australia
and died in 1970.
VIOLET KIRKWOOD, born 1895 in Birchwood
(near Greymouth) New
Daisy married ROBERT JAMES DOUGALL.
Robert was born in 1894 in Dunedin,
died during World War One on 8 October 1918.
(Refer to my Roll of Honour for more information) Daisy was living at Leaver Settlement in Westport in 1918. She died in 1960.
born 1898 in Buller (near Reefton) New Zealand;
GENERATION TWO :
2.~ ~ ~ ROBERT ALEXANDER
KIRKWOOD (JOHN) was born in 1879 in Westport,
New Zealand and
was the second son of JOHN KIRKWOOD and EMMELINE MOORE. Robert married MINNIE MARIAN McNABB. Minnie was born in 1894 in Karamea, West Coast, New
Children of ROBERT KIRKWOOD and MINNIE McNABB were:
VLADIMIR ELIZABETH KIRKWOOD, born 20 August 1910.
ALEXANDER FINLAYSON KIRKWOOD, born 3 July 1913 in Reefton, New Zealand. Robert married JESSIE ELIZABETH SEWARD on 31
October 1946 in Christchurch,
New Zealand. Ronald died on 21 March 1990 in Timaru, New
Jessie died on 7 March 2003 in Waimate,
New Zealand. They were both buried in Geraldine.
Please note that in keeping to genealogy publishing
protocol I have not included information about later generations including
living persons. If you have a family connection please contact me for further
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