Keller History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Keller family

The surname Keller was 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.

Important Dates for the Keller family

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Keller Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Keller family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Keller family to Ireland

Some of the Keller family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 34 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Keller migration to the United States

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 [1]
  • Frank Keller, who landed in New York in 1710 [1]
  • Frantz Keller, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710 [1]
  • Michael Keller, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1728 [1]
  • John Keller, who settled in Philadelphia in 1732
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Keller Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Helena Keller, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803 [1]
  • Henerich Keller, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803 [1]
  • Anna Maria Keller, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803 [1]
  • Jonas Keller, who landed in New York in 1816 [1]
  • Jacob Keller, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1829 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Keller Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ludwiga Keller, aged 8, who arrived in New York, NY in 1900 [1]
  • Cecilia Keller, aged 1, who landed in New York, NY in 1900 [1]
  • Gustave Keller, who landed in Arkansas in 1905 [1]
  • Otto Keller, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906 [1]

Keller migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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, [2]
  • 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 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Keller Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Lewis Keller, who landed in Canada in 1800
  • Frederick Keller was a United Empire Loyalist who settled in Fredericksburgh Township, Ontario
Keller Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Lambert Keller, aged 2, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902

Keller migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Keller Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Mary Keller, (b. 1821), aged 18, Cornish dairymaid travelling aboard the ship "Orient" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 4th April 1839 [3]
  • Miss Mary Keller, (b. 1821), aged 18, Cornish dairymaid travelling aboard the ship "Orient" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 4th April 1839 [4]
  • Godfred Keller, aged 40, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Pauline" [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Keller (post 1700)

  • Joseph B. Keller (1923-2016), American mathematician, co-winner of the 1996/7 Wolf Prize and winner of the 1996 Nemmers Prize
  • 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) [6]
  • Charles Keller III (b. 1935), prominent American investment banker
  • Helen Adams Keller (1880-1968), American writer who was both deaf and blind and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Jack Keller (b. 1937), American musician, composer and producer, best known for writing some memorable theme songs for television, including the theme for 'Bewitched' and he was also a producer on 'The Monkees'
  • Hans Keller (1919-1985), Austrian born, American, prominent music critic in Boston
  • Alvin M. Keller, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Macomb County 1st District, 1950 [7]
  • Allen F. Keller, American politician, Burgess of Minersville, Pennsylvania, 1933-35 [7]
  • Alex Keller, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1952 [7]
  • ... (Another 88 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Keller family

Bismarck
  • Willi Keller (b. 1922), German Matrose who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he survived the sinking [8]
  • Paul Keller (1920-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [8]
  • Walter Keller (1917-1941), German Maschinenmaat who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [8]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Paul Daniel Keller, American Moulder Second Class from Michigan, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [9]

Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_bounty_nsw.pdf
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PAULINE 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Pauline.htm
  6. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 30) Charles Keller. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Keller/Charles/USA.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
  9. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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