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

Not surprisingly, the Ketchum surname is thought to have originally been an occupational name for a cook, deriving from the Old English word "cycen."


The name Ketchum, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Kitchen, Ketchin, Kitching, Kitchiner, Kitchener and others.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times. Early rolls revealed Henry atte Kychene c. 1300 and Richard del Kechin. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 lists Johannes del Kechyn; Johannes del Kuchyn; and Thomas del Kichyn. [1]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ketchum research. Another 141 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1350 and 1566 are included under the topic Early Ketchum History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 51 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ketchum Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Ketchum family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Ketchum family, or who bore a variation of the surname Ketchum were

Ketchum Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • John Jauncey Ketchum, aged 42, landed in West Indies in 1812


  • Daniel Ketchum (b. 1981), American gold medalist swimmer at the 2004 Summer Olympics
  • Hal Michael Ketchum (b. 1953), American country music artist, best known for his certified gold album 1991 album, Past the Point of Rescue
  • Jack Ketchum (b. 1946), pseudonym of Dallas Mayr, American author from Livingston, New Jersey, recipient of four Bram Stoker Awards
  • Thomas E. "Black Jack" Ketchum (1863-1901), American cowboy from San Saba County, Texas who turned to a life of crime, he was hanged in 1901 for attempted train robbery
  • Jesse Ketchum (1782-1867), American-born, Canadian tanner and politician in Upper Canada, he represented York in the 10th Parliament of Upper Canada
  • Morris Ketchum (1796-1880), American banker and financier, co-founder of the manufacturing firm Rogers, Ketchum and Grosvenor in 1832, director of the Illinois Central Railroad
  • William Matthew Ketchum (1921-1978), American politician, U.S. Representative from California (1975-1978)
  • William Ketchum (1798-1876), American politician, 14th Mayor of the City of Buffalo, New York (1844 to 1845)
  • William Scott Ketchum (1813-1871), U. S. Army officer during the American Civil War
  • Richard Ketchum (1773-1845), American-born, Canadian politician who represented York County in the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick from 1827 to 1830



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  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  11. ...

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