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.
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Migration of the Kells family to Ireland
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Miss Matilda Kells, (b. 1806), aged 20, Irish country servant who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Brothers" on 3rd October 1826, arriving in New South Wales, Australia
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
George Kells, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
John Kells, who landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1840
Joseph Kells, who landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1840
William Kells, who landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1840
Mrs. Sarah Kells née Hume, (b. 1831), aged 21, Irish settler travelling from London aboard the ship "True Briton" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 5th February 1853 
Major-General Clarence Howard Kells (1892-1954), American Commanding General New York Port of Embarkation (1945-1946) 
William Kells, American Democrat politician, Member of Illinois Democratic State Central Committee, 1919-25 
George D. Kells, American Democrat politician, Member of Illinois Democratic State Central Committee, 1943; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1944, 1948; Illinois Democratic State Chair, 1945-49 
Edward J. Kells (d. 1943), American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Harrison County, 1943