Kells History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Kells family
The surname Kells was first found in Kirkcudbrightshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Chille Chuithbheirt), part of the present day Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, former county in Southwestern Scotland, 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.
Early History of the Kells family
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Kells Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Kells and others.
Early Notables of the Kells family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Kells is the 16,122nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Migration of the Kells family to Ireland
Some of the Kells family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Kells Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Kells Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Kells Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century