HISTORY OF THE KIRKWOOD NAME (Source www.surnamedb.com)
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 masters 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
GENERATION ONE :
1. ~ ~ ~ JOHN KIRKWOOD was
born about 1846 in Kilbarchan,
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
the family of Emmeline.
to the McPIKE family for more information about the family of Ellen.
Children of JOHN KIRKWOOD and EMMELINE MOORE were:
CHARLES HENRY KIRKWOOD, born 1876
in Westport, New Zealand.
EMMA 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.
ROBERT ALEXANDER 2 KIRKWOOD, born 1879 in Westport, New Zealand.
ARIELL ISABELLA KIRKWOOD, born
1881 in Westport;
ELLEN KIRKWOOD, born 1882 in Westport; died 1963. Ellen
married HENRY VICTOR PENMAN. Henry was born in 1880 in Bulls, West Coast, New Zealand.
VLADIMIR FAITHFULL KIRKWOOD, born
1884 in Westport, New Zealand; died 1968.
ROVINA ELIZABETH MARY KIRKWOOD,
born 1886 in Westport, New Zealand. Rovina married WILLIAM
DONALDSON. William was born in 1883 in Nelson,
died 1919. Rovina died in 1978.
ISABELLA 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.
SOPHIA ANN KIRKWOOD, born 1890 in Westport, New
Zealand; died 1975. Sophia married ERNEST
ALBERT MULLINS. Ernest was born in 1904 in Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand.
ARIEL SARAH JUBILEE KIRKWOOD, born
1892 in Westport, New Zealand. Ariel married JOHN
FLORENCE McKENZIE KIRKWOOD, born
1893 in Westport, New Zealand. Florence married BRUCE GLENDINNING. Bruce was
born in 1892. Florence
died in 1935.
MARIA LILY KIRKWOOD, born 1893 in Westport, New
Zealand; died 1961. Maria married FRANCIS
KIRKWOOD. Francis was born in 1884 in Newcastle,
New South Wales, Australia
and died in 1970.
DAISY VIOLET KIRKWOOD, born 1895
in Birchwood (near Greymouth) New
Zealand. 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.
IVY MYRTLE KIRKWOOD, born 1898 in Buller (near Reefton) New Zealand; died 1987.
John died on 5 July 1927 in Buller, West
Coast. Emmeline died on 1 August 1942, also in Buller.
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 Zealand.
Children of ROBERT KIRKWOOD and MINNIE McNABB were:
ELLEN VLADIMIR ELIZABETH KIRKWOOD,
born 20 August 1910.
RONALD ALEXANDER FINLAYSON
KIRKWOOD, born 3 July 1913 in Reefton,
Robert married JESSIE ELIZABETH SEWARD on 31 October 1946 in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Ronald died on 21 March 1990 in Timaru,
Jessie died on 7 March 2003 in Waimate,
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 information.
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