The origins of the Keelink surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name originated with an early member who was a person who fished codfish and was accordingly named after the fish. The surname Keelink 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 Keelink family
The surname Keelink 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Keelink family
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Keelink 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. Keelink has been recorded under many different variations, including Keeling, Keiling, Kealing and others.
Early Notables of the Keelink family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Keelink family to Ireland
Some of the Keelink family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Keelink family to the New World and Oceana
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 Keelink 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.