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Kirkland Name Meaning

English (now mainly East Midlands) and Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived on land belonging to the Church, from northern Middle English kirk ‘church’ + land ‘land’. There are several villages named with these elements, for example in Cumbria, and in some cases the surname will have arisen from these. Exceptionally, Kirkland in Lancashire has as its second element Old Norse lundr ‘grove’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Ireland, Morland, Markland, Kirkman, Harland, Norland, Ryland

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Where is the Kirkland family from?

You can see how Kirkland families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kirkland family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kirkland families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 44 Kirkland families living in Alabama. This was about 19% of all the recorded Kirkland's in the USA. Alabama had the highest population of Kirkland families in 1840.
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What did your Kirkland ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kirkland. 23% of Kirkland men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Kirkland women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kirkland were Salesman and Cook.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Farm Laborer
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Cook
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Census Records

There are 126,000 census records available for the last name Kirkland. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kirkland census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Kirkland. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 25,000 military records available for the last name Kirkland. For the veterans among your Kirkland ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kirkland lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Kirkland life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Kirkland in 1944 was 30, and 74 in 2004.

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