Meaning and Origin of: Kirby

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Anglo-Saxon : From the church town
  • English : House
  • Norse : Marshland
  • English : Village of the church
  • Old Norse : From the church

Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : habitational name from any of the numerous places in northern England called Kirby or Kirkby, from Old Norse kirkja ‘church’ + býr ‘settlement’.
  • Irish : adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Ó Garmhaic ‘descendant of Ciarmhac’, a personal name meaning ‘dark son’. Compare Kerwick.