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The name Keelan belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in the now-lost settlement of Kelland Barton in the county of Devon. The surname Keelan belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Keelan Early Origins



The surname Keelan was first found in Devon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Painsford in Asprington, some say before the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D. Professor Seary of Newfoundland suggests that there was also a Kelland Barton in Devon but he has been unable to find it. This may have been a family tradition.

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Keelan Spelling Variations


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Keelan Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Keelan include Kelland, Kellands, Kellan, Kellen, Keland, Kelan, Kelane, Kellane, Keeland, Kealand, Kellend and many more.

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Keelan Early History


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Keelan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keelan research. Another 124 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1712, 1635, 1692, 1679, 1681 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Keelan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Keelan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Keelan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keelan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Keelan In Ireland


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Keelan In Ireland



Some of the Keelan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Keelan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Bernard Keelan, aged 38, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Cheapside"
  • B. Keelan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cheapside" in 1849

Keelan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mary Keelan, aged 18, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • Ann Keelan, aged 19, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • Bridget Keelan, aged 19, a servant, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Keelan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Keelan (post 1700)



  • Claudia Keelan (b. 1959), American poet, writer, and professor from Anaheim, California
  • Hugh Keelan, English-born, musical director and conductor of Erie Philharmonic from 2000 to 2006
  • Claire Keelan, English actress, known for her role in No Heroics
  • John Joseph Keelan (1888-1946), Canadian politician and lawyer who represented Happyland, Saskatchewan from 1925 to 1929
  • Kevin Damien Keelan MBE (b. 1941), British retired professional football goalkeeper

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    2. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    6. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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    The Keelan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keelan 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 3 December 2016 at 18:52.

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