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

It was in the Scottish/English Borderlands that the Strathclyde-Briton people first used the ancient name Keller. It was a name for someone who lived at Keilor, in Angus.

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Scribes in Medieval Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. Keller 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 Keller research. Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1476, 1383 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Keller History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Keller 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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The number of Strathclyde Clan families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them:

Keller Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Conrad Keller, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Frank Keller, who landed in New York in 1710
  • Frantz Keller, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710
  • Michl Keller, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1728
  • John Keller settled in Philadelphia in 1732


Keller Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Helena Keller, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Henerich Keller, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Anna Maria Keller, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Jonas Keller, who landed in New York in 1816
  • Jacob Keller, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1829


Keller Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Ludwiga Keller, aged 8, arrived in New York, NY in 1900
  • Cecilia Keller, aged 1, landed in New York, NY in 1900
  • Gustave Keller, who landed in Arkansas in 1905
  • Otto Keller, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906

Keller Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Bernard Keller, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Catharina Keller, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Magdelena Keller, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Mr. Keller Christian U.E. (b. 1726) born in Athens, Green, New York, USA from Albany, New York, USA who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784 married to Elisabeth Backus they had 8 children, he died in 1790 in Fredericksburgh,
  • Mr. Keller Frederick U.E. (b. 1760) born in Athens, Green, New York, USA from Albany, New York, USA who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784 he served in the Kings Rangers, was married 4 times having 23 children


Keller Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Lewis Keller, who landed in Canada in 1800

Keller Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • Lambert Keller, aged 2, arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902

Keller Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Godfred Keller, aged 40, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Pauline"

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  • James E. Keller (1942-2014), American judge, inductee to the University of Kentucky College of Law Hall of Fame in 2005
  • Brigadier-General Charles Keller (1868-1949), American Resident Member of Board of Engineers for Rivers & Harbors (1919-1921)
  • Joseph B. Keller (b. 1923), American mathematician, co-winner of the 1996/7 Wolf Prize and winner of the 1996 Nemmers Prize
  • Harold D. Keller, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1948, 1952
  • Harry Keller, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916
  • Harry Keller, American Democrat politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Jackson County 9th District; Elected 1950
  • Henry Keller Sr., American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 1912
  • Henry Keller, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 9th District, 1954
  • Herbert P. Keller (1875-1935), American Republican politician, Mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota, 1910-14; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1916
  • Hiram H. Keller (b. 1878), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916; Chair of Bucks County Republican Party, 1927

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  • Kith and Kin of James and Mary Young by Miriam Young Pack.
  • Musgrave to Mosgrave by Glenna James Mosgrave.
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  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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  5. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  8. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  9. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
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The Keller Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keller 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.

This page was last modified on 1 February 2016 at 11:22.

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