When William Archival Kirkland was born on 5 December 1909, in Rockport, Spencer, Indiana, United States, his father, James Henry Kirkland, was 41 and his mother, Sarah Belle Beeler, was 40. He married Helen Barbara Thuringer on 9 June 1952, in Slayton, Murray, Minnesota, United States. He lived in Luce Township, Spencer, Indiana, United States in 1910 and Ohio Township, Spencer, Indiana, United States for about 10 years. He died on 19 February 1973, in Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa, United States, at the age of 63, and was buried in Algona, Kossuth, Iowa, United States.
English: habitational name from any of several places called Kirkland (Cumbria, Lancahires; Ayrshire, Dumfriesshire, Lanarkshire), all named with Old Norse kirkja ‘church’ + land ‘land’, except for the Lancashire placename, which derives from kirkja + lúndr ‘small wood, grove’.