Keilant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Keilant surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in the now-lost settlement of Kelland Barton in the county of Devon. The surname Keilant 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 Keilant family

The surname Keilant 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.

Important Dates for the Keilant family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keilant research. Another 57 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1712, 1635, 1692, 1679, 1681 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Keilant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Keilant Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Keilant include Kelland, Kellands, Kellan, Kellen, Keland, Kelan, Kelane, Kellane, Keeland, Kealand, Kellend and many more.

Early Notables of the Keilant family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Keilant family

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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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