Kirk (placename element)

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Kirk is found as an element in many place names in Scotland, England, and North America. It is derived from kirk, meaning "church". In Scotland, it is sometimes an English translation from a Scots Gaelic form involving cille or eaglais, both words for 'church'. [1] Rarely it is found in Anglicisations of Continental European placenames which originally had Dutch kerk or a related form.

Kirk by itself is the name of two places:

More usually it is an element in a compound name. The remainder of this article is a list of some of these.

In Scotland

In certain situations however, apparent instances of Kirk are, in their first element, from the Scots Gaelic word Cathair meaning a seat or fortress.[2]

In England

In France

In North America


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