In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Keelian surname lived in the now-lost settlement of Kelland Barton in the county of Devon
. The surname Keelian 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 Keelian family
The surname Keelian 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 Keelian family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keelian research.Another 124 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1712, 1635, 1692, 1679, 1681 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Keelian History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Keelian Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Keelian are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Keelian include: Kelland, Kellands, Kellan, Kellen, Keland, Kelan, Kelane, Kellane, Keeland, Kealand, Kellend and many more.
Early Notables of the Keelian family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Keelian family to Ireland
Some of the Keelian 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.
Migration of the Keelian family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Keelian or a variant listed above: 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.