Kelshaw History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Kelshaw family

The surname Kelshaw was first found in Kent where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that county.

Early History of the Kelshaw family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kelshaw research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Kelshaw History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kelshaw 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. Kelshaw has been spelled many different ways, including Kelsham, Kilsham, Kelshaw, Kilshaw, Kellsham and many more.

Early Notables of the Kelshaw family (pre 1700)

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Australia Kelshaw migration to Australia +

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

Kelshaw Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Michael Kelshaw, British Convict who was convicted in Liverpool, Merseyside, England for 15 years, transported aboard the "Dudbrook" on 17th November 1852, arriving in Western Australia [1]
  • Mr. Richard Kelshaw, English convict who was convicted in Liverpool, Merseyside, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Clyde" on 11th March 1863, arriving in Western Australia, Australia [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kelshaw (post 1700) +

  • Terence Kelshaw (1936-2015), English-born American Anglican bishop, VII Bishop of Rio Grande (1989-2004)

HMS Dorsetshire
  • Frederick Kelshaw (d. 1945), British Stoker 1st Class aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [3]


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 23rd July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/dudbrook
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th February 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/clyde
  3. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html


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