Kirk A Scottish surname of local origin, from residence near a church. Also see Quirke. In 1890 Kirk was principally found in Antrim and Louth, and the estimated number of bearers was 1,700. In the United States Kirk is the 526th most numerous surname with an estimated 60,500 bearers. In England and Wales in 1996 it was the 36th most numerous surname. In Scotland in 1995 it was the 74th most numerous surname.