Keelinge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Keelinge is a name whose history dates far back into the mists of early British times to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes. It is a name for a person who fished codfish and was accordingly named after the fish. The surname Keelinge is derived from the Old English word keling, which means young codfish. Occasionally, the name is derived from residence in the settlement of Keeling in the county of Norfolk.

Early Origins of the Keelinge family

The surname Keelinge was first found in Worcestershire 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.

The parish of Kelling in Norfolk was home to another branch of the family. [1]

Early History of the Keelinge family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keelinge research. Another 61 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1240, 1607, 1671, 1661 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Keelinge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Keelinge Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Keelinge has been recorded under many different variations, including Keeling, Keiling, Kealing and others.

Early Notables of the Keelinge family (pre 1700)

Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keelinge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Keelinge family to Ireland

Some of the Keelinge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Keelinge family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Keelinge or a variant listed above: Catherine Keeling settled in Barbados in 1674; Andrew and Mathew Keeling settled in Maryland in 1775; Thomas Keeling settled in Virginia in 1635.



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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