name Kellay comes from when the family resided near a well or spring; keld
was a common word in the north of England
for these. According to some experts, the surname Kellay is also occasionally derived from the Old Norse word ketill,
which means cauldron
and sometimes refers to such an object used in sacrificial rites. CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
Early Origins of the Kellay family
The surname Kellay 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
. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Kellay family
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Kellay Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Kellay has been recorded under many different variations, including Kell, Kel, Kelle, Keld and others.
Early Notables of the Kellay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kellay family to Ireland
Some of the Kellay family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Kellay family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Kellay or a variant listed above: Neil Kell, who sailed to America in 1685. David Kell sailed to Philadelphia in 1742; Hugh Kell to Boston in 1766 and John Kell to New York in 1811.