Keilien is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Keilien family once lived in the now-lost settlement of Kelland Barton in the county of Devon
. The surname Keilien 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 Keilien family
The surname Keilien 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 Keilien family
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Keilien Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Keilien family name include Kelland, Kellands, Kellan, Kellen, Keland, Kelan, Kelane, Kellane, Keeland, Kealand, Kellend and many more.
Early Notables of the Keilien family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Keilien family to Ireland
Some of the Keilien 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 Keilien family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Keilien surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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.