Keld History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancient roots of the Keld family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Keld comes from when the family lived near a well or spring; keld was a common word in the north of England for these. According to some experts, the surname Keld is also occasionally derived from the Old Norse word ketill, which means cauldron and sometimes refers to such an object used in sacrificial rites. 
Early Origins of the Keld family
The surname Keld 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. " 
Early History of the Keld family
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Keld Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Keld has appeared include Kell, Kel, Kelle, Keld and others.
Early Notables of the Keld family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Keld family to Ireland
Some of the Keld family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Keld migration to the United States +
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Keld arrived in North America very early:
Keld Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Joseph Keld, aged 20, who immigrated to America from Michaels, in 1907
- Mindel Keld, aged 20, who landed in America from Przenysl, Austria, in 1908
- Anton Keld, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1909
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- ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.