Kelk History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Kelk family

The surname Kelk was first found in Lincolnshire "on the estate of Kelke, [which] was owned by a family so designated from it. " [1] Great Kelk and Little Kelk are found in the East Riding of Yorkshire and date back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where they were collectively known as Chelche. [2] Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Barnaby le Wold, held by Earl Hugh Lupus, Earl of Chester who was recorded in the Domesday Book.

Early History of the Kelk family

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Kelk Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Kelk, Kelke and others.

Early Notables of the Kelk family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Kelk family

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Kelk or a variant listed above: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

Contemporary Notables of the name Kelk (post 1700) +

  • Jackie Kelk (1921-2002), American actor, well known for his role as Homer Brown in the television series 'The Aldrich Family'
  • Christopher Kelk Ingold (1893-1970), British chemist who introduced the concepts such as nucleophile, electrophile, inductive and resonance effects, co-developer of Cahn-Ingold-Prelog priority rules

HMS Cornwall
  • Thomas Leonard Kelk (d. 1942), British Stoker 1st Class aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [3]

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from on Facebook
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