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Where did the German Kaylor family come from? What is the German Kaylor family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kaylor family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kaylor family history?

The Kaylor family emerged in the ancient duchy of Swabia, which was in the southwest of Germany. Before the late Middle Ages, German people were known only by a single name. However, as populations increased and people began to travel more, it became necessary to adopt a second name. Many people, such as the Kaylor family, adopted the name of their feudal occupation as their surname. The name Kaylor is derived from the Middle High German word "kelner," which corresponds to the English occupation of steward. The kelner was the manager of the noble household.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Keller, Keler, Kelle, Kellaere, Kellere, Kellner, Kaeller, Kaellner, Kelner, Celler, Cellner, Celer, Celner, Kellern, Cellern and many more.

First found in Swabia, where the family contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation and would later play a large role in the political conflicts of the area. The family branched into many houses, many of which acquired estates and manors throughout the surrounding regions, where they played significant roles in the social and political affairs. Individual bearers of this name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Herman der Kelner (Keller) of Rottweil, Wuerttemberg, in 1314.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kaylor research. Another 593 words(42 lines of text) covering the years 1798, 1699, 1766, 1452, 1466, 1605, 1635, 1700, 1638, 1702, 1819 and are included under the topic Early Kaylor History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 45 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kaylor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kaylor Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Jane Kaylor, aged 66, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896

Kaylor Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • C. Kaylor, aged 40, who landed in America from Norfolk, in 1904
  • Sara C Kaylor, aged 35, who arrived at Canton, Ohio, in 1904
  • Henry Kaylor, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Austen E. Kaylor, aged 22, who emigrated to America from Crook, in 1906
  • Frank Kaylor, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1906


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  • James William "Jimmie" Kaylor IV (b. 1984), American former NCAA Football punter from Colorado State University born in Denver, Colorado
  • Carrie Kaylor, American television producer and editor, best known for her work on LA Ink and Biography
  • Ken Kaylor, American technical director, best known for his work on the The Jack Benny Program (1956-1958)
  • Mark Kaylor (b. 1961), British former professional boxer, born in Canning Town


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  7. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
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The Kaylor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kaylor Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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