Kellaway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Kellaway dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in a small settlement in either Devon or Cornwall. Thus, Kellaway is a habitation surname derived from the place, named Callway or Calway. [1]

Alternatively, the name Kellaway is a habitational name originally derived from the place name Caillouet-Orgeville in Eure, France. This place name comes from the Old Northern French word "cail(ou)," meaning "a pebble." [2] [3]

Early Origins of the Kellaway family

The surname Kellaway was first found in Gloucestershire where Philip de Chailewai was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1165. A few years later, Thomas de Kaillewey was found in Warwickshire in 1242 and in the same year William Callewey was in Devon. [3]

Kellaways, also known as Tytherton Kellaways, is a village and former ecclesiastical parish in Langley Burrell and ceremonial county of Wiltshire, England.

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Walter Calewey as holding lands in Buckinghamshire at that time. [1] The source, Testa de Nevill, sive Liber Feodorum, temp. Henry III-Edward I. list William Callewey in Devon and Cassadra Cayllewey, Wiltshire, 20 Edward I (during the twentieth year of the reign of King Edward I.) [4]

Early History of the Kellaway family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kellaway research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1185, 1497, 1581, 1543, 1547, 1547, 1549, 1552, 1557, 1558, 1559, 1564 and 1580 are included under the topic Early Kellaway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kellaway Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Kellaway have been found, including Callaway, Kelloway, Kellaway, Calloway and others.

Early Notables of the Kellaway family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Robert Keilway, Kellway or Kaylway (1497-1581), legal reporter, "was in 1543 the recipient of a grant of the wardship and marriage of Eliz. and Anne Whittocksmede (Pat. Roll, 35 Henry VIII, p. 2), and subsequently of many other minors, a privilege from which he no doubt reaped considerable profit. In 1547 he was autumn reader at the Inner Temple, and in May of that year surveyor of the court of wards and liveries. In September 1547 he, with Lord St. John, was appointed to inquire into the state of the crown revenues, and...
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United States Kellaway migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Kellaway, or a variant listed above:

Kellaway Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Kellaway, who landed in Maryland in 1662 [5]
Kellaway Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Arthur Kellaway, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1859 [5]

Australia Kellaway migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kellaway Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Kellaway, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838 [6]
  • William Kellaway, aged 28, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "William Prowse" [7]
  • Thomas Kellaway, aged 25, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Confiance" [8]
  • Mr. George Kellaway, (b. 1867), aged 20, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Eastminster" arriving in Queensland, Australia on 21st March 1887 [9]

New Zealand Kellaway migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Kellaway Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Thomas Kellaway, (b. 1865), aged 3 weeks, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Greyhound" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th May 1865 [10]
  • Mr. John Kellaway, (b. 1828), aged 37, British farm labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Greyhound" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th May 1865 [10]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Kellaway, (b. 1840), aged 25, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Greyhound" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th May 1865 [10]
  • Miss Phoebe Kellaway, (b. 1862), aged 3, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Greyhound" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th May 1865 [10]
  • Miss Edith Kellaway, (b. 1863), aged 2, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Greyhound" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th May 1865 [10]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kellaway (post 1700) +

  • Roger Kellaway (b. 1939), American composer, arranger, and pianist
  • Frederick George Kellaway (1870-1933), English politician, member of the UK Parliament
  • Sam Kellaway, British poet
  • Joseph Kellaway, British sailor and recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Frederick Kellaway (1810-1933), British politician
  • Duncan Kellaway (b. 1973), Australian footballer
  • Charles Kellaway (1889-1952), Australian medical scientist and science administrator
  • Andrew Kellaway (b. 1975), Australian footballer
  • Cecil Kellaway (1893-1973), British actor born in Cape Town, South Africa, an Academy Award-nominated character actor


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Testa de Nevill or "Liber Feodorum" or "Book of Fees," thought to have been written by Ralph de Nevill, for King John (1199–1216)
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HENY PORCHER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838HenryPorcher.htm
  7. ^ South Australian Register Monday 21st August 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) William Prowse 1856. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/williamprowse1854.shtml
  8. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 13th September 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Confiance 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/confiance1854.shtml.
  9. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_queensland.pdf
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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