Kellom History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Kellom is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to a person who fished codfish and was accordingly named after the fish. The surname Kellom 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 Kellom family

The surname Kellom 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 Kellom family

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

Kellom Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Kellom were recorded, including Keeling, Keiling, Kealing and others.

Early Notables of the Kellom family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Kellom family to Ireland

Some of the Kellom 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 Kellom family

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Kellom family emigrate to 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.

Contemporary Notables of the name Kellom (post 1700)

  • Susan Kellom, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1996 [2]
  • John H. Kellom, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Omaha, Nebraska, 1870-72 [2]

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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