Kelsal History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Kelsal comes from the family having resided in Kelsall in Cheshire; in Kelshall in Hertfordshire; or in Kelsale in Suffolk. The surname Kelsal belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Kelsal family

The surname Kelsal was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Kelsall in Tarvin soon after the Norman Conquest.

Early History of the Kelsal family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kelsal research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the year 1690 is included under the topic Early Kelsal History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kelsal Spelling Variations

Kelsal 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. Spelling variants included: Kelsell, Kelsall, Kelshall, Kellsell, Kellsall and many more.

Early Notables of the Kelsal family (pre 1700)

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Australia Kelsal migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kelsal Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Miss Elizabeth Kelsal, (b. 1777), aged 21, English convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years , transported aboard the "Britannia III" on 18th July 1798, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, she died in 1815 [1]


The Kelsal 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: Meliora sequentur
Motto Translation: Better things will follow.


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 30th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/Britannia


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