Kilgour Name Study

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Welcome to the Kilgour Name Study

The Kilgour Name Study is intended as a base for Kilgour family research and information. This study also includes the surname variant Killgour. In time, this study will hopefully grow into a valuable headquarters for Kilgour researchers, resources, and collaboration for family lines which intersect.

The leader of this project is Amelia Utting, the great-great granddaughter of Mary Jane Kilgour of Auckland, New Zealand. Please contact her if you would like to work on the Kilgour Name Study, and be included in our list of active Kilgour researchers.

What You Can Do

If you'd like to join us in researching the Kilgour family, please:

  • Add Kilgour to your list of followed tags. This will ensure that you will keep up to date with the progress of the study and any updates or questions posted to the G2G forum.
  • Work with other Kilgour profile managers to create the best and most accurate Kilgour family tree possible.
  • Write comprehensive and well-sourced biographies for Kilgour profiles.

Kilgour Name Origins


The surname Kilgour is mostly agreed to derive from Gaelic, though there are several etymologies and origins that have been presented. It is believed that the family name first came into use as a habitational surname for someone who lived in Kilgour, an ancient parish located near Falkland in the county of Fife, by descendants of the Pictish people of ancient Scotland.[1] The family supposedly held a seat here beginning in ancient times, well before the Norman Invasion of 1066 CE.

One potential etymology is that the surname means "Dweller of the Goat-Wood", from the Gaelic coille, meaning "wood", and gobhar, where "bh" is pronounced as a W, meaning "goat".[2]

Kilgour family researcher Kathryn Mooney has written a paper for this One Name Study on the origin of the Kilgour surname, which I have added in images to this page. Kathryn has thoroughly researched the surname, and while I agree with her findings, I am still including the proposed etymologies above because they still hold research value.


The surname Kilgour is the 108,343rd most common surname in the world, with approximately 4,317 bearers. It is most prevalent in Canada, with 902 bearers in 2014, and the highest density is in the Faroe Islands which, despite only recording eight holders, occurs in 1 our of every 6,125 people. Along with Canada, the highest prevalence of Kilgour can be found in England, the United States, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia.[3]


There are several variations of the Kilgour surname, including but not limited to Killgour, Kilgore, and Killgore. This Name Study will chiefly focus on the variation of Killgour, though Kilgore could potentially be added if there is enough interest further down the line.

Etymological Sources

  1. Lower, Mark Antony. Patronymica Britannica: A Dictionary of the Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: J. R. Smith, 1860. p 420.
  2. Harrison, Henry. Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary. London: Eaton Press, 1969. p 251.
  3. Forebears, Kilgour : accessed April 15, 2019.


Kilgour Profiles on WikiTree
Updated 15 Apr 2019

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Active Researchers

Team Leader: Amy Utting

Team Members:

Kilgour Profiles

Kilgour Study Sticker

The Kilgour Name Study follows a specific category structure, and therefore it is easiest to include a profile in a category by using the study sticker.

For example: {{One Name Study |name=Kilgour |category=Huia, Auckland, Kilgour Name Study}}

If the location category is red (does not exist), contact Amy Utting about the procedure for setting the category up correctly within the structure.

Which Profiles Count?

As a general rule, stickers for name studies should not be placed onto every profile with a surname simply because of their surname, and the Kilgour study follows this. When working on Kilgour profiles, the name study sticker should only be placed on a profile when it meets the profile requirements below.

Profile Requirements

The Kilgour Name Study has high standards for its profiles. To ensure that Kilgour profiles on WikiTree are the best that they can be, please attempt to follow the requirements below.

  1. The profile has been cleared as not having pre-existing duplicates. If there are outstanding duplicates, procedure has been followed to begin the merging process.
  2. The profile includes sources for each piece of the profile data—dates, parents, spouses, and children. This is not to say that a profile must include all of these data points, but if the data is entered, it should be sourced.
    • For older profiles or brick walls, the sourced dates requirement is less strict. Estimated dates are perfectly fine :-D
  3. The profile should wear a basic biography at minimum, and any sources should preferrably be included in the biography in inline citations.

Brick Walls

Notable Kilgours

  • Robert Kilgour, Scottish Episcopal Church minister (1714-1790)
  • Mary Stewart Kilgour, British suffragist and writer (1851-1955)
  • Joseph Kilgour, Canadian actor (1863-1933)
  • Fred Kilgour, American librarian (1914-2006)
  • Lennox Kilgour, Trinidadian weightlifter (1927-2004)
  • Niall Kilgour, British Naval officer (1968-2004)
  • David Kilgour, New Zealand musician (1978-2014)
  • Hamish Kilgour, New Zealand Musician (1978-2014)
  • Darris Kilgour, American lacrosse player and coach (1992-2014)

Fictional Characters

  • Marc Kilgour, the Henderson's Boys book series.
  • Alex Kilgour, the Sten Adventures book series.

Kilgour Locations


  • Kilgour Court, Bassett Road, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, England.
  • Kilgour Building, Fort Street High School, Parramatta Road, Petersham, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Kilgour Wing, Raab Boulevard, Bridle Path, Don Valley West, York, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Kilgour Hall, Carroll University, East College Avenue, Seitz Estates, Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States.


  • Falkland, Fife was known as the Lands of Kilgour prior to the 12th century, and is considered to be the original location of the Kilgour surname.


Rivers and Lakes

  • The Kilgour River is located in Northern Territory, Australia, and acts as a tributary to the McArthur River.
  • Kilgour Creek, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.
  • Kilgour Branch, Potomac, Montgomery County, Maryland, United States.
  • Kilgour Lake, Unorganised Thunder Bay District, Ontario, Canada.








New Zealand


  • Kilgour Avenue, West Gallatown, Pathhead, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland.

United States

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