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Christmas 2017

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Merry Christmas and a Happy new year for 2017 to all family members and visitors to this site.




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KILKIE is an Irish family whose descendants spread to Scotland, then to England and then worldwide. The family is often seen as a Scottish family as "most" current Kilkie's live in Scotland or were born in Scotland, but we are by origin Irish and a number of KILKIE families still live around our origin in Northern Ireland. In common with most Irish families our actual origins are lost in the mists of time often by the thoughtless destruction of the few records that existed.

This site charts the progress of the family to discover its roots and connections and the history and geography of our family. Current family research has clear evidence that ALL living KILKIE individuals trace their ancestry back to an area of a few miles around Derry in Northern Ireland.

Most of the site is open to all, but members of the family share a closed area where more private and personal information can be shared. If you feel you are "a KILKIE" register on the site and we welcome you into the community.

We also document connected families including branches of Boyle, Docherty, Ehemann, Field, Halliday, Kelly and Wright. (alphabetic order, all as important as each other!)

The site is under constant development and thus is subject to regular change. We do our best to make sure it is always presentable, but mistakes happen.

For reference, the lady above is Mary Kilkie (nee Waters), born 18 Main Street, Gorbals, Glasgow on the 21 Feb 1873 and died 2nd Feb 1944 in Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow.


Where do we live?

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The distribution of family members across the world is a relatively straight-forward task for rare surnames like KILKIE. Other family names which are more widespread (HALLIDAY,BOYLE,ORR etc) are more difficult and "common" surnames like FIELD are impossible to tie down.

KILKIE (as far as we know) is a very specific group of people, all with Northern Irish origin and all from within a few miles of Derry city centre. See separate articles for more information in what we think the origin of the name is and how it developed from its original form MacGiollaCaoch into KILKIE.

One important question when deciding who lives where is do we count residence, visiting or where you were born? The answer I give is that it is a live website which can be updated quickly so I use where we live (or in Scottish STAY) and where we were born too.

The worldmap below gives an overview of the narrow spread of our  family. The reasons for the lack of spread are common. Surname distribution depends on having male heirs who marry and have children. Kilkie ancestors had more girls than boys and fewer of the boys married or had children. Actual decendents from the original KILKIEs number as many as other surnames but relatively few of them were men who had children. This has been particularly relevant in traditional expansion areas for other Irish surnames such as North America where very few Kilkie males emigrated and even fewer had offspring. As a biologist it interests me that girl children are so common in the Kilkie line and at some point I will do a more scientific study.

world map jan 2017

Articles in the Places menu give more details of geographic spread but in Summary KILKIE as a surname exists in ENGLAND, IRELAND, SCOTLAND, CANADA, ZIMBABWE and recently EL SALVADOR and THE PHILIPPINES (thanks to Craig and Carla) and nowhere else. Decendents of Kilkie with other surnames are much wider spread and are particularly numerous in SCOTLAND and ENGLAND.


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