The Kilpatrick connection to the Kirkpatricks

I’ve know for some time that the Kilpatricks were kin, their name being a variation of Kirkpatrick. Tonight I stumbled upon an interesting explanation for the difference. The source is an old Kirkpatrick Newsletter dated Oct-Nov-Dec 1989. It was published by Nathan L. Barlow of Rison, Arizona, whom I have not been able to locate online. If anyone knows of him, please contact me!

Anyway, the article was written by George M. Kirkpatrick of North Syracuse, NY.

While there were many with the surname Kirkpatrick in America prior to 1800, it is difficult to find documentation to establish family lines. A further difficulty is found in the use of various surname spellings, particularly prior to 1800. Kirkpatrick and Kilpatrick are used almost interchangeably (and also Killpatrick). It seems likely that Kilpatrick is closer to the original surname spelling and that Kirkpatrick is the anglicized version… The Kilpatrick spelling is still found near Glasgow, Scotland as in the towns of ‘Old Kilpatrick’ and ‘New Kilpatrick’ while the Kirkpatrick spelling is common near the English border, e.g. near Closeburn and Dumfries. All three versions are still in use, however.

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2 Responses to The Kilpatrick connection to the Kirkpatricks

  1. Hugh Wallace says:

    the Kilpatrick/Kirkpatrick article may shed some light on my family history, James Wallace,b. 1836,is my great grandfather from Dumfriesshire,as are his family going back a number of generations. He married Elizabeth Kirkpatrick as noted on marriage license and her birth certificate and on the birth certificate on one of their children,however her tombstone located in Salem Cemetery, Lucas Co, Chariton, Iowa, and obituary written at the timerefers to her as Kilpatrick, wonder if this explains why, her family was also near Dumfriesshire, Tinwald, I think.
    Hugh Wallace, Watervliet,NY

  2. Dawn-Ann says:

    Could very well be, Hugh. I’ve learned when I’m researching Kirkpatrick to also look for Kilpatrick at the same time. Good luck with your research!

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