The present generation of the Kel family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived near a well or spring; keld
was a common word in the north of England
for these. According to some experts, the surname Kel is also occasionally derived from the Old Norse word ketill,
which means cauldron
and sometimes refers to such an object used in sacrificial rites. CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
Early Origins of the Kel family
The surname Kel was first found in Hampshire
, but the name could have derived from the place name Keld of which there are two in England: Keld (or Keilde), a hamlet in Cumbria; and Keld, another hamlet in North Yorkshire
. Another reference claims the name was "formerly written Cail, and said by the family to be derived from Cailly in Normandy
. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Kel family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kel research.Another 315 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1176, 1311, 1379, 1524 and 1739 are included under the topic Early Kel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kel Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Kel include Kell, Kel, Kelle, Keld and others.
Early Notables of the Kel family (pre 1700)
Migration of the Kel family to Ireland
Some of the Kel family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 101 words (7 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 Kel family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Kel were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Kel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Peeter Kel, who arrived in New York in 1709 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)