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

A family in the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland was the first to use the name Keltner. They lived in the lands of Keltie, which were found near Callander in the county of Perth.

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In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Keltner has been spelled Keltie, Kelty, Keltey and others.

First found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from very early times on the old lands of Keltie, near Callander.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keltner research. Another 150 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1616, 1628, and 1647 are included under the topic Early Keltner History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Keltner: B. Kelty who settled in Boston Massachusetts with eleven children in 1822; John and Thomas M'Coller Kelty settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1820.

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  • James Lee "Jim" Keltner (b. 1942), American session drummer who has worked with Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, Delaney Bramlett, John Lennon, and many more
  • Kenneth Frederick Keltner (1916-1991), American Major League Baseball third baseman
  • Chester W. Keltner (1909-1998), American author, creator of the Keltner channel, a technical analysis indicator, sometimes called the ten-day moving average trading rule


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  7. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
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The Keltner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keltner 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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