Kellim History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. [1]

Early History of the Kellim family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kellim research. Another 61 words (4 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)

Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kellim Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Kellim family to Ireland

Some of the Kellim family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Kellim family

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.



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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