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

Scottish history reveals Kellar was first used as a surname by the Strathclyde-Briton people. It was a name for someone who lived at Keilor, in Angus.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that rules have developed and the process of spelling according to sound has been abandoned. Scottish names from before that time tend to appear under many different spelling variations. Kellar has been spelled Keller, Kellar, Keeler, Keilor, Keiler, Keillor, Keiller, Kelour, MacKeller and many more.

First found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kellar research. Another 249 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1476, 1383 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Kellar History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Kellar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Kellar family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 57 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Unwelcome in their beloved homeland, many Scots sailed for the colonies of North America. There, they found land and freedom, and even the opportunity to make a new nation in the American War of Independence. These Scottish settlers played essential roles in the founding of the United States, and the shaping of contemporary North America. Among them:

Kellar Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Bernhard Kellar, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • John Kellar Jr., who arrived in New York in 1773

Kellar Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Jacob Kellar, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1827
  • Martin Kellar, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1867

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  • Harry Kellar (1849-1922), American magician, best known for his large stage shows during the late 1800s and early 1900s, often referred to as the "Dean of American Magicians"
  • George Currant Kellar (1879-1954), American politician, 54th and 56th Mayor of the City of Flint, Michigan (1917-1918) and (1919-1920)
  • Becky Kellar (b. 1975), Canadian seven-time gold and four-time silver medalist women's ice hockey player


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The Kellar Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kellar 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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