Meaning and Origin of Kirkley - FamilyEducation

Meaning and Origin of: Kirkley

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Boy name origins & meanings:

  • Old Norse : From the church

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Family name origins & meanings:

  • 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.