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Kilby Coat of Arms / Kilby Family Crest

Kilby Coat of Arms / Kilby Family Crest

The surname of KILBY and its variants Killby, Kilbee and Kelby is of local origin from 'Kilby' a parish in County Leicester, and of Kelby, a parish in County Lincolnshire. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land and indicated where he actually lived. There is also a place KILBY in Leicestershire, from where the original bearer may have taken his name. The earliest of the name on record appears to be CILEBI (without surname) who was listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086, and KILDEBI (without surname) was recorded in Leicestershire in 1195. KILDEDY was documented in the year 1219.Surnames derived from placenames are divided into two broad categories; topographic names and habitation names. Topographic names are derived from general descriptive references to someone who lived near a physical feature such as an oak tree, a hill, a stream or a church. Habitation names are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages and farmsteads. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and whole countries. Later records of the name mention Richard de KELBY, who was recorded in County Lincoln in the year 1273 and William de KELEBY was the rector of Kelling in County Norfolk, in the year 1351. Richard KILBEY married Elizabeth Coffee at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1797. Before the 1066 Conquest names were rare in England, the few examples found were mainly adopted by those of the clergy or one who had taken holy orders. In 1086 the conquering Duke William of Normandy commanded the Domesday Book. He wanted to know what he had and who held it, and the Book describes Old English society under its new management in minute detail. It was then that surnames began to be taken for the purposes of tax-assessment. The nobles and the upper classes were first to realise the prestige of a second name, but it was not until the 15th century that most people had acquired a second name. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.


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