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kirkley boy

First name origin & meaning:

Old Norse: From the church

First name variations: Kirkwood, Kirby, Kurk, Kirkus, Kirkland, Kirk

Last name origin & meaning:

English: habitational name from Kirkley in Northumberland, found in early records as Crekellawe. The element Crekel is from Celtic crūg ‘hill’ + Old English hyll ‘hill’, to which the tautologous addition (Old English hlā ‘hill’, ‘mound’) was later made. There is also a Kirkley in Suffolk, named from Old Norse kirkja ‘church’ + Old English lēah ‘woodland clearing’, which may also have contributed to the surname.

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