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The descendents of Viking settlers in ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Ketterman. It was derived from the Old Norse personal name Sigtryggr, which literally means true victory. The Gaelic form adopted for the surname is Mac Shitrig.

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The surname Ketterman was first found in Galloway (Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown (West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway), 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.

Intuition and sound were the primary sources medieval scribes used to judge appropriate spellings and translations for names. The spelling of a name thus varied according to who was doing the recording. The different spelling variations of Ketterman include MacKettrick, Kettrick, Kitterick, MacKitterick, MacEtterick, McKettrick, McKetrick, Ketterick and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ketterman research. Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1000, 1376, 1643 and are included under the topic Early Ketterman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Ketterman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In their new home, Scots found land and opportunity, and some even fought for their new freedom in the American War of Independence. Some, who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, the ancestors of both of these groups have begun recovering their illustrious national heritage through Clan societies and other Scottish historical organizations. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Ketterman name:

Ketterman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Johannes Ketterman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Christoph Ketterman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751

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  • W. R. Ketterman, American politician, Mayor of Coffeyville, Kansas, 1974-75
  • John Ketterman, American politician, Mayor of Pittsburg, Kansas, 2012-13
  • Charles Ketterman, American Democrat politician, Chair of Tucker County Democratic Party, 1975


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