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The Anglo-Saxon name Kell comes from the family having resided near a well or spring; keld was a common word in the north of England for these. According to some experts, the surname Kell is also occasionally derived from the Old Norse word ketill, which means cauldron and sometimes refers to such an object used in sacrificial rites. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)


Kell Early Origins



The surname Kell 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. " [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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Kell Spelling Variations


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Kell Spelling Variations



Kell has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Kell, Kel, Kelle, Keld and others.

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Kell Early History


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Kell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kell research. Another 315 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1176, 1311, 1379, 1524 and 1739 are included under the topic Early Kell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kell Early Notables (pre 1700)



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Kell In Ireland


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Kell In Ireland



Some of the Kell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Kells to arrive on North American shores:

Kell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Kell, who landed in Virginia in 1654
  • Neil Kell, who landed in New Jersey in 1685
  • Neil Kell, who sailed to America in 1685

Kell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Niklaas Kell, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Georg Wilhelm Kell, who landed in New Jersey in 1709
  • Jurg Andries Kell, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • David Kell sailed to Philadelphia in 1742
  • Joh Geo Kell, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1744
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Kell landed in New York in 1811
  • John Kell, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Thomas Kell, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • James F Kell, who arrived in South Carolina in 1823
  • William Kell, aged 34, landed in Missouri in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Smith Kell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  • Christopher Smith Kell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  • Emma Kell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  • Frances Ann Kell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  • Frederick Polhill Kell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edward James Kell, aged 30, a tailor, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Camperdown" in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kell (post 1700)



  • Raymond Davis "Ray" Kell, American television researcher at RCA who developed the Kell factor, recipient of the Stuart Ballantine Medal in 1948
  • Paul Ernest Kell (1915-1977), American National Football League player in the 1940s
  • Ayla Marie Kell (b. 1990), American actress, best known for the role of Payson Keeler in the ABC series Make It or Break It
  • Everett Lee "Skeeter" Kell (b. 1929), American former Major League Baseball second baseman
  • Curtis Chip Kell (b. 1949), American former center in the CFL, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006
  • James Kell, American Republican politician, Postmaster at York, Pennsylvania, 1884-88
  • George V. Kell (1846-1918), American politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1895-97; Member of Indiana State Senate, 1899-1901
  • Ernest Eugene Kell Jr. (b. 1928), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Long Beach, California, 1984-94
  • David C. Kell, American Republican politician, Chair of Perry County Republican Party, 1927
  • C. E. Kell, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 54th District, 1917-18
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm

Other References

  1. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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The Kell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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