Keline History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England produced the name of Keline. It was given to a person who fished codfish and was accordingly named after the fish. The surname Keline is derived from the Old English word keling, which means young codfish. Occasionally, the name is derived from residence in the settlement of Keeling in the county of Norfolk.

Early Origins of the Keline family

The surname Keline was first found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

The parish of Kelling in Norfolk was home to another branch of the family. [1]

Important Dates for the Keline family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keline research. Another 61 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1240, 1607, 1671, 1661 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Keline History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Keline 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 Keline has appeared include Keeling, Keiling, Kealing and others.

Early Notables of the Keline family (pre 1700)

Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keline Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Keline family to Ireland

Some of the Keline family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Keline family

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 Keline arrived in North America very early: Catherine Keeling settled in Barbados in 1674; Andrew and Mathew Keeling settled in Maryland in 1775; Thomas Keeling settled in Virginia in 1635.

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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