Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in either North Kelsey or South Kelsey in the county of Lincolnshire. The surname Kelcey 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 Kelcey family
Lincolnshire where one of the first records of the name was Brise de Keleseye who was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. Peter de Keleseve was listed in the same rolls at the same time. It is in this shire that North and South Kelsey are still found today. Over the many years, North Kelsey has remained a small village and civil parish with a population of 959 in 2001 and this includes the small hamlet of North Kelsey Moor. Today, South Kelsey is still smaller village with a population of 571 in 2001.
Early History of the Kelcey family
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Kelcey Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Kelcey were recorded, including Kelsey, Kelsy and others.
Early Notables of the Kelcey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kelcey family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Kelcey family emigrate to North America: Roger Kelsey settled in Barbados in 1654; Steven Kelsey settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1766; John Kelsey settled in New England in 1756.
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