Kellink History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancestors of the Kellink family lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Kellink was a name given to a person who fished codfish and was accordingly named after the fish. The surname Kellink 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 Kellink family

The surname Kellink 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]

Important Dates for the Kellink family

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

Kellink Spelling Variations

Kellink has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Kellink have been found, including Keeling, Keiling, Kealing and others.

Early Notables of the Kellink family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Kellink family to Ireland

Some of the Kellink 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 Kellink family

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Kellinks to arrive on North American shores: Catherine Keeling settled in Barbados in 1674; Andrew and Mathew Keeling settled in Maryland in 1775; Thomas Keeling settled in Virginia in 1635.

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Citations

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