A post office called Kirkland was established in 1875, and remained in operation until 1954. The community most likely was named after Timothy Kirkland, a local landholder, or after William Kirkland, a local merchant.
^U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Kirkland, Georgia
^"Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
^Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins(PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 126. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.