The Katelwell name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in the town of Kettlewell in the North Yorkshire
. Katelwell is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.
Early Origins of the Katelwell family
The surname Katelwell was first found in Yorkshire
, at Kettlewell, a village in Upper Wharfedale, North Yorkshire, which dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 where it was listed as Cheteleuuelle CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally meant "spring or stream in a deep valley," having derived from the Old English words "cete" + "wella." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
In 1686, Kettlewell and the neighbouring village Starbotton were almost destroyed in a flood.
Early History of the Katelwell family
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Katelwell Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Katelwell has undergone many spelling variations
, including Kettlewell, Kettlwell, Ketlewell, Kettelwell, Ketelwell, Ketelwelle, Ketelwel and many more.
Early Notables of the Katelwell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Katelwell family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Katelwell were among those contributors: William Kettlewell, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1856. In Canada Richard Kettlewell was registered in Elgin County, Ontario in 1872 and George Kettlewell was living in Middlesex County, Ontario in 1877..