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Where did the Scottish Kelsoe family come from? What is the Scottish Kelsoe family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kelsoe family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kelsoe family history?

There is a town of Kelso in the Scottish Borders region, which followed from the creation of Kelso Abbey at that location in 1128. It is thought that in Scotland, Kelsoe was taken on as a surname from the place name.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Kelso and others.

First found in Roxburghshire, where they were granted lands by King Malcolm Canmore, King of Scotland, consisting of the Abbey and estates of Kelso, originally the Abbey of Selkirk.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kelsoe research. Another 365 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1076, 1180, 1214, 1296, and 1300 are included under the topic Early Kelsoe History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Kelsoe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Kelsoe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 91 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kelsoe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Robert W. Kelsoe, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Derry, in 1900
  • Andrew P. Kelsoe, who landed in America from Claphan, London, in 1920


  • Geroge Kelsoe, American actor


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: Otium cum dignitate
Motto Translation: Repose with dignity.


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The Kelsoe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kelsoe 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 8 March 2014 at 23:11.

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