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Scottish history reveals Kellar was first used as a surname by the Strathclyde-Briton people. It was a name for someone who lived at Keilor, in Angus.

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The surname Kellar was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, 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.

It is only in the last few hundred years that rules have developed and the process of spelling according to sound has been abandoned. Scottish names from before that time tend to appear under many different spelling variations. Kellar has been spelled Keller, Kellar, Keeler, Keilor, Keiler, Keillor, Keiller, Kelour, MacKeller and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kellar research. Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1476, 1383 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Kellar History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Kellar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Kellar family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Unwelcome in their beloved homeland, many Scots sailed for the colonies of North America. There, they found land and freedom, and even the opportunity to make a new nation in the American War of Independence. These Scottish settlers played essential roles in the founding of the United States, and the shaping of contemporary North America. Among them:

Kellar Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Bernhard Kellar, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • John Kellar Jr., who arrived in New York in 1773

Kellar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Jacob Kellar, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1827
  • Martin Kellar, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1867

Kellar Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Kellar, aged 26, a mason, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"

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  • George Currant Kellar (1879-1954), American politician, 54th and 56th Mayor of the City of Flint, Michigan (1917-1918) and (1919-1920)
  • Harry Kellar (1849-1922), American magician, best known for his large stage shows during the late 1800s and early 1900s, often referred to as the "Dean of American Magicians"
  • Ted Kellar, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Dakota, 1960
  • P. C. Kellar, American politician, Mayor of Largo, Florida, 1914
  • Norman Kellar, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Ulster County, 1954
  • Kenneth C. Kellar, American Republican politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate, 1937-40; Presidential Elector for South Dakota, 1940
  • John Kellar, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Barbour County, 1865-67
  • George C. Kellar, American Republican politician, Mayor of Flint, Michigan, 1917-18, 1919-20; Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Genesee County 1st District, 1934
  • Chambers Kellar (b. 1867), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Dakota, 1932
  • A. J. Kellar, American politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 41st District, 1897-98

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  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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The Kellar Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kellar 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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