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KIRTON Family HistoryThis surname with variant spellings Kerton and Kurton, is of English locational origin from any of the various places thus called, for example, Kirton, in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Suffolk. Recorded respectively as Chirchetune, Circeton and Kirketuna in the Domesday Book of 1086 for the above counties, the name, in all cases, derives from the Old English pre 7th Century "circa" meaning "church" (replaced by the old Norse "kirkja", church), plus "tun", an enclosure or settlement. The surname is first recorded in the early 13th Century, (see below).
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