The name Keeland first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in the now-lost settlement of Kelland Barton in the county of Devon
. The surname Keeland belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Keeland family
The surname Keeland 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
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.
Early History of the Keeland family
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Keeland Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Keeland has appeared include Kelland, Kellands, Kellan, Kellen, Keland, Kelan, Kelane, Kellane, Keeland, Kealand, Kellend and many more.
Early Notables of the Keeland family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Keeland family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Keeland arrived in North America very early: Michael Kelan settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1848; Charles Kellen also settled in Boston Massachusetts the same year; Teresa Kellen settled in San Francisco Cal. in 1852. In Newfoundland, Canada, Mary Kelland settled at Scilly Cove in 1792.
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