The origins of the Anglo-Saxon
name Kellim come from its first bearer, who was a person who fished codfish and was accordingly named after the fish. The surname Kellim is derived from the Old English word keling,
which means young codfish.
Occasionally, the name is derived from residence in the settlement of Keeling in the county of Norfolk
Early Origins of the Kellim family
The surname Kellim was first found in Worcestershire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
The parish of Kelling in Norfolk was home to another branch of the family. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Kellim family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kellim research.Another 294 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1240, 1607, 1671, 1661 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Kellim History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kellim Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few 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. Kellim has been spelled many different ways, including Keeling, Keiling, Kealing and others.
Early Notables of the Kellim family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kellim family to Ireland
Some of the Kellim family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kellim 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 Kellims to arrive in North America: Catherine Keeling settled in Barbados in 1674; Andrew and Mathew Keeling settled in Maryland in 1775; Thomas Keeling settled in Virginia in 1635.