Last name: Kirk

This is an Anglo-Scottish surname which is ultimately of Norwegian pre 7th century origins. Found originally in the north of England and in Scotland, it can be either a topographical name denoting residence near a church, or a metonymic occupational name for someone employed in a church. The derivation of the name in both cases is from the Northern Middle English word "kirk", church, from the Old Norse "kirkja". Topographical surnames were among the earliest created, since both natural and man-made features in the landscape provided easily recognisable distinguishing names in the small communities of the Middle Ages. While job-descriptive surnames originally denoted the actual occupation of the namebearer, and later became hereditary. In England the surname development has included: Richard Attekirck (1301, Yorkshire); Adam Ofthenkirke (1308, Suffolk); and Robert de Kirke (1379, Yorkshire). In Scotland the surname is first recorded in 1456, in the Register of the Abbey of Aberbrothoc, where Sir Patrick Kyrk appears as chaplain of the altar of St. Mary in Perth, while Alexander Kirk was bailie of St. Andrews in 1520. A Coat of Arms granted to a Kirk family is a gold crosier, and silver sword saltireways, on a gold chief a green thistle, all on a red shield. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Reginald Attekireke, which was dated 1209, in the "Fines Court Records of Lincolnshire", during the reign of King John, known as "Lackland", 1199 - 1216. 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 spelling.

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Liam kirk
Im a kirk woo!

Victoria Kirk
I wonder if I'm related to any of them

Alexandra Kirk
Alexander Kirk, Alexandra Kirk. That's funny!


My great grandfather was Hugh Kirk born c1845 in Ireland - his father was Peter Kirk but no idea where in Ireland.

My grandmother was around 90 percent Irish and her last name was Kirk this sheds some light on my lineage I was once approached by a psychic and she said my family had come from a long line of priests now I know she wasn't crazy lol

I come from a long line of Pastors. No wonder!

Elsie Kirk
I got baptised in 2003 as a Jehovah"s Witness I now tell people about the Bible and God's Purpose For The Earth And All Of Mankind. For a Free Home Bible Study Go to You Will Be Amazed at what you learn.

Elsie Kirk
I wonder if we are all related bet we are interesting heh.

Amber Kirk
Wonder how you tell who your related too going that far back. My great grandpa was the Pentecostal Preacher. And the name James Kirk runs in our family! As of now we have 5 living James Kirk's and 2 deceased James Kirk's.

Adam Kirk
well hello family

Brook Kirk
Hello there, relatives I've never met!

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