Early Origins of the Kelston family
The surname Kelston was first found in Somerset.
Early History of the Kelston family
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Kelston Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Kelston are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Kelston include: Kelson, Kelston, Kelton and others.
Early Notables of the Kelston family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kelston family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Kelston or a variant listed above: Thomas Kelton, who sailed to Boston in 1651; James Kelson, who came to Philadelphia in 1798; Thomas Kelson, who came to Philadelphia in 1834; and William Kelson, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1860..