The ancestors of the Kellat surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name comes from when they lived in the settlement of Kellet in Lancashire
, or in the place named Kelleth in Westmorland
(now part of Cumbria). The surname Kellat belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Kellat family
The surname Kellat was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the manor of Kellett, from very ancient times. Conjecturally they are descended from an Anglo Saxon noble who occupied the King's land of Chellet, later Kellet, later Nether Kellet. It is now famous for its stalactite caves called the Dunald Mill Hole. Over Kellet, Lancashire
appears as "Chellet of the Domesday Survey
, and was an early a possession of a family named Kellet, whose heiress married Sir Thurstan de Holland." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Kellat family
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Kellat Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Kellat include Kelett, Kellet, Kellett, Kelat, Kelatt, Kellatt and others.
Early Notables of the Kellat family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kellat family to Ireland
Some of the Kellat family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 72 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kellat family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Francis Kellet who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1768; John Kellett who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1839; followed by Richard Kellett in 1871..