Kelway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Kelway family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in a small settlement in either Devon or Cornwall. Thus, Kelway is a habitation surname derived from the place, named Callway or Calway.

Early Origins of the Kelway family

The surname Kelway was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Kelway family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kelway research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1185 is included under the topic Early Kelway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kelway Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Kelway include Callaway, Kelloway, Kellaway, Calloway and others.

Early Notables of the Kelway family (pre 1700)

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Kelway migration to the United States

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Kelway or a variant listed above:

Kelway Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Tho Kelway, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kelway (post 1700)

  • George S. Kelway, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Milford Haven, 1898 [2]


  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
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