Kelet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The origins of the Kelet name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in the settlement of Kellet in Lancashire, or in the place named Kelleth in Westmorland (now part of Cumbria). The surname Kelet 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 Kelet family
The surname Kelet was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Kellett, from very ancient times. Conjecturally they are descended from an Anglo Saxon noble who occupied the King's land of Chellet, later Kellet, later Nether Kellet. It is now famous for its stalactite caves called the Dunald Mill Hole. Over Kellet, Lancashire appears as "Chellet of the Domesday Survey, and was an early a possession of a family named Kellet, whose heiress married Sir Thurstan de Holland." 
Early History of the Kelet family
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Kelet 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 Kelet were recorded, including Kelett, Kellet, Kellett, Kelat, Kelatt, Kellatt and others.
Early Notables of the Kelet family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kelet family to Ireland
Some of the Kelet family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Kelet family
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 Kelet family emigrate to North America: Francis Kellet who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1768; John Kellett who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1839; followed by Richard Kellett in 1871..
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.