Kellin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Kellin comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a person who fished codfish and was accordingly named after the fish. The surname Kellin 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 Kellin family

The surname Kellin 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 Kellin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kellin research. Another 61 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1240, 1607, 1671, 1661 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Kellin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kellin Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Kellin has undergone many spelling variations, including Keeling, Keiling, Kealing and others.

Early Notables of the Kellin family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Kellin family to Ireland

Some of the Kellin 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.


United States Kellin migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Kellin were among those contributors:

Kellin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • David Kellin, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 [2]


  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)


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