A one-name study of the surname Kirwood and its variants
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Alfred Stovel KIRWOOD (1858-1945)
Alfred Stovel KIRWOOD (1858-1945)

Welcome to Kirwood Genealogy, a one-name study focused on the surname Kirwood and some of its variants: Kerwood and Kyrwood.

This study is dedicated to locating and recording the genealogies of all those bearing the Kirwood surname and its variants world-wide. This extends from the earliest 16th century records in England to the latest births and marriages around the world.

The Name Origin Research - Surname Database (, gives the following explanation for the origin of this uncommon surname:

"This is an English surname, although one which is probably associated, at least in meaning, with the Scottish surname Kirkwood. Recorded in many spellings including Corwood, Curwood, Kerwood, Keerewood, Kirwood, and probably others, it is apparently locational, and like the Scottish surname describes a church in a wood. This is from the pre 7th century Olde English "kyrche-wudu". However there are too many spellings in the diocese of Greater London in the 17th century for the surname to be from the Lanarkshire village of Kirkwood, suggesting that in England the surname is a "lost" village name .......... "

The Kirwood Genealogy study is very much a 'work in progress' and the data contained on this site has been collected over a period of more than 30 years by myself during the research of my mother's family. Whilst the original data pertained to one specific London based branch of the Kirwood family dating from the mid 18th century, I have also collected many references to other Kirwood family branches dating as far back as 1523 in Rolvenden, Kent. It is my intention to extend the database as part of the one-name study to include these and other branches of Kirwood families.

For anyone seeking a link to a Kirwood family, either a direct ancestor or one linked through a marriage; or would like to contribute to the Kirwood one-name study are most welcome to use the 'Contact Us' link on this page to ask for information and/or gain access to the Kirwood Genealogy data.

All data is protected by strict privacy rules whereby details pertaining to living members of the family are not divulged.

The Kirwood Genealogy one-name study has been registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies, of which I am a member.

Warwick Anderson


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Latest News
6 Oct 2012 - Completed entry of "Family Search" data. Now commencing "1851 England & Wales Census" data entry.

19 Nov 2012 - Completed "1851 England & Wales Census" data entry. Family Trees for the majority of extant families from the "1851 England & Wales Census" have been posted on the World Connect site.

29 Nov 2012 - Commencing to load Australian and New Zealand data to trees.

28 Jan 2013 - Commencing to load US Federal Census data to trees.