Show ContentsKellen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Kellen is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in the now-lost settlement of Kelland Barton in the county of Devon. The surname Kellen 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 Kellen family

The surname Kellen was first found in Devon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Painsford in Asprington, some say before the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D. Professor Seary of Newfoundland suggests that there was also a Kelland Barton in Devon but he has been unable to find it. This may have been a family tradition.

Early History of the Kellen family

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Kellen Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Kellen were recorded, including Kelland, Kellands, Kellan, Kellen, Keland, Kelan, Kelane, Kellane, Keeland, Kealand, Kellend and many more.

Early Notables of the Kellen family (pre 1700)

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United States Kellen migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Kellen family emigrate to North America:

Kellen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Kellen, who settled in Boston Massachusetts the same year
  • Teresa Kellen settled in San Francisco, California in 1852
  • Mathias Kellen, who landed in Iowa in 1872 [1]

Australia Kellen migration to Australia +

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

Kellen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Kellen, British Convict who was convicted in Berkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 5th November 1835, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land)1836 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kellen (post 1700) +

  • Kellen Damico (b. 1989), American former junior tennis player
  • Kellen Boswell Winslow Sr. (b. 1957), American former professional football player, inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame, one of the greatest tight ends in the league's history
  • Kellen Clemens (b. 1983), American football quarterback
  • Kellen Boswell Winslow II (b. 1983), American NFL football tight end for the New York Jets

  1. 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)
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th January 2020). Retrieved from on Facebook