Kelsall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Kelsall is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in Kelsall in Cheshire; in Kelshall in Hertfordshire; or in Kelsale in Suffolk. The surname Kelsall 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 Kelsall family

The surname Kelsall 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 Kelsall family

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Kelsall Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Kelsall has been spelled many different ways, including Kelsell, Kelsall, Kelshall, Kellsell, Kellsall and many more.

Early Notables of the Kelsall family (pre 1700)

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United States Kelsall migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Kelsalls to arrive in North America:

Kelsall Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Roger Kelsall, who landed in Virginia in 1708 [1]
Kelsall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Kelsall who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1872
Kelsall Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Joseph Kelsall, aged 43, who settled in America from Buckley, in 1903
  • Edward Wm. Kelsall, aged 33, who settled in America from Wolstanton, in 1906
  • Joseph Kelsall, aged 22, who landed in America from Garstang, England, in 1907
  • William A Kelsall, aged 21, who landed in America from Manchester, England, in 1907
  • Elizabeth Kelsall, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States from Garstang, England, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Kelsall migration to Australia +

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

Kelsall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Kelsall, aged 35, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"

New Zealand Kelsall migration to New Zealand +

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:

Kelsall Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Abel Kelsall, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cairngorm" in 1863
  • Ann Kelsall, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cairngorm" in 1863

Contemporary Notables of the name Kelsall (post 1700) +

  • George W. Kelsall, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Pleasants County, 1897-98 [2]
  • Samuel "Sam" Kelsall (b. 1993), English cricketer
  • Thomas Forbes Kelsall (1799-1872), English lawyer and literary figure
  • Frederick "Fred" Kelsall (1906-1931), English professional rugby league footballer
  • Phil Kelsall (b. 1956), English theatre organist
  • Karen Kelsall (b. 1962), Canadian gold and bronze medalist gymnast and dancer, the youngest competitor at the 1976 Summer Olympics
  • John Lawrence Kelsall (1947-1986), British composer, conductor and lecturer
  • Moultrie Rowe Kelsall (1901-1980), Scottish film and television character actor

The Kelsall 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. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from on Facebook