Origins Available: English, German
Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived near a well or spring; keld was a common word in the north of England for these. According to some experts, the surname Kelle 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 Kelle family
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 Kelle family
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Kelle Spelling Variations
hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Kelle has been spelled many different ways, including Kell, Kel, Kelle, Keld and others.
Early Notables of the Kelle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kelle family to Ireland
Some of the Kelle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Kelle family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Kelles to arrive in North America:
Kelle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Kelle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Kelle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
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