The history of the name Keling begins in the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes in Britain. It was a name for a person who fished codfish and was accordingly named after the fish. The surname Keling 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 Keling family
The surname Keling 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Keling family
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Keling Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Keling are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Keling include: Keeling, Keiling, Kealing and others.
Early Notables of the Keling family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Keling family to Ireland
Some of the Keling family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Keling family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Keling or a variant listed above: Catherine Keeling settled in Barbados in 1674; Andrew and Mathew Keeling settled in Maryland in 1775; Thomas Keeling settled in Virginia in 1635.