The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066 brought the Kelvin family name to the British Isles. Kelvin is a name for a person who tended cattle
Early Origins of the Kelvin family
The surname Kelvin was first found in Yorkshire
where one of the first records of the name was Warin le Calvehird. The name was originally spelt Calbert or Caubert, having been derived from Abbeville, France and no doubt some of the family came to England
during the Conquest and seen by David de Calvert holding lands by knight service in Nottinghamshire
in 1203. CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
would be the stronghold of the name as seen by the Yorkshire Poll Tax
Rolls of 1379 listing: Johanna Calfhird; Johannes Calvehyrd; and Magota Calvehird who were all listed in that shire. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Kelvin family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kelvin research.Another 287 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1269, 1563, 1579, 1632, 1605, 1675, 1637, 1715, 1679, 1715, 1606, 1647, 1688, 1734 and are included under the topic Early Kelvin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kelvin Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Calvert, Calbert, Calverte, Calvart, Celvert, Kelvert, Kallvart, Kalvart, Callvert, Callbert, Cellvert, Calwert, Cavart, Cailvairt, Calwart and many more.
Early Notables of the Kelvin family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was George Calvert, 1st Baron
Baltimore, 8th Proprietary Governor of Newfoundland (1579-1632), an English politician and colonizer, namesake of Baltimore, Maryland; Cecilius Calvert, 2nd Baron
Baltimore (1605-1675), an English peer, the first Proprietor and Proprietary Governor of the Province of Maryland, and... Another 66 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kelvin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kelvin family to Ireland
Some of the Kelvin family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 169 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kelvin family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Kelvin or a variant listed above: George Calvert who settled in Maryland in 1634; along with Leonard Calvert; Edward Calvert settled in Virginia in 1653; Margaret Calvert settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1683.
The Kelvin 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: Fatti masghii parole femine
Motto Translation: Deeds are masculine, words feminine.