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Kirby Surname Origin
(Locality). The name of several small towns in England, whence the surname is derived; so called from Kirk, a church, and by, a village or town.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Kirby Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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A Kirby Family History Thought:
'We are the children of many sires, and every drop of blood in us in its turn ... betrays its ancestor.' --Ralph Waldo Emerson