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This is an Anglo-Scottish surname which is ultimately of Norwegian pre 7th century origins. Found originally in the north of England and in Scotland, it can be either a topographical name denoting residence near a church, or a metonymic occupational name for someone employed in a church. The derivation of the name in both cases is from the Northern Middle English word "kirk", church, from the Old Norse "kirkja". Topographical surnames were among the earliest created, since both natural and man-made features in the landscape provided easily recognisable distinguishing names in the small communities of the Middle Ages.

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Aaron Kirk

I am interested in finding out more about my family history in Ireland. The information I have on my Irish ancestor is that his name was John Kirk. He was born on June 8, 1745 in Tipperary, Ireland and at some point before 1780, he moved to America. He married Mary Sarah Steele who was born around 1755 in Ireland. Some of the information I found indicated that John's father's name may have been Lewis Kirk.

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