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The name Kelm arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Kelm family lived at Kelham in Nottinghamshire, a parish northwest of Newark. The name Kelm is derived from the Old Norse expression for at the ridges. It is most commonly found in Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire.

Kelm Early Origins



The surname Kelm was first found in Nottinghamshire. "A Norman family, who derive their name from Kelham, near Newark-upon-Trent, co. Nottingham, where they were seated at an early period. They still bear in their arms three covered cups, in allusion to the office of cup-bearer to Alan, earl of Richmond, the Conqueror's son-in-law, which was held by their ancestor. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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Kelm Spelling Variations


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Kelm Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Kellam, Kelham and others.

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Kelm Early History


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Kelm Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kelm research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kelm History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kelm Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kelm Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kelm Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Kelm or a variant listed above were:

Kelm Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Maria Ursula Kelm, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751

Kelm Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ludwig Kelm, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906
  • Carl Kelm, who arrived in America in 1873

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kelm (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kelm (post 1700)



  • Larry Dean Kelm (1964-2014), American NFL football linebacker who played from 1987 to 1993
  • Thomas A. Kelm, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1956, 1964 (alternate)
  • Elmer F. Kelm, American Democrat politician, Secretary of Minnesota Democratic Party, 1937; Minnesota Democratic State Chair, 1945; U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue for Minnesota, 1946-51
  • Arnold Kelm, American Democrat politician, Democratic Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 97th District, 1978, 1980

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Beneficiorum memor
Motto Translation: Mindful of benefits.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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The Kelm Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kelm Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 14 September 2016 at 14:45.

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