Kellett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Kellett is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in the settlement of Kellet in Lancashire, or in the place named Kelleth in Westmorland (now part of Cumbria). The surname Kellett 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 Kellett family

The surname Kellett 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." [1]

Important Dates for the Kellett family

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Kellett Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Kellett are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Kellett include: Kelett, Kellet, Kellett, Kelat, Kelatt, Kellatt and others.

Early Notables of the Kellett family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Kellett family to Ireland

Some of the Kellett 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.

Kellett migration to the United States

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Kellett or a variant listed above:

Kellett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Kellett, who arrived in Virginia in 1703 [2]
Kellett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Kellett, aged 32, who arrived in New York in 1812 [2]
  • John Kellett who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1839
  • Joseph Patrick Kellett, who landed in New York in 1844 [2]
  • Richard Kellett, who settled in Philadelphia in 1871

Kellett 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:

Kellett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Kellett, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Northfleet" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand, Via Wellington and Lyttleton in February 1854 [3]
  • Mrs. Kellett, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Northfleet" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand, Via Wellington and Lyttleton in February 1854 [3]
  • Child Kellett, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Northfleet" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand, Via Wellington and Lyttleton in February 1854 [3]
  • Mr. Kellett, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Northfleet" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand, Via Wellington and Lyttleton in February 1854 [3]
  • Mrs. Kellett, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Northfleet" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand, Via Wellington and Lyttleton in February 1854 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Kellett (post 1700)

  • W. Wallace Kellett (1951-1929), American founder of the Kellett Autogiro Corporation in 1929
  • Alfred Henry Kellett (1901-1960), relief pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Donald Stafford "Red" Kellett (1909-1970), President and General Manager of the NFL Baltimore Colts franchise
  • Gloria Calderon Kellett (b. 1975), American writer and actress
  • T. P. Kellett, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 17th District, 1872-73 [4]
  • Lawrence Kellett, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1956 [4]
  • E. V. Kellett, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul General in Bangkok, 1897 [4]
  • Agnes L. Kellett, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Hawaii Territory, 1944, 1948, 1952 [4]
  • Wing Commander Ronald Gustave Kellett DSO DFC (1909-1998), English Royal Air Force flying ace of the Second World War
  • Les Kellett (1915-2002), English professional wrestler
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Kellett family

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Francis Cranston Kellett, American 1st Class Passenger from Tuckahoe, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [5]

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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