Kelyng is an ancient name dating from the times of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was a person who fished codfish and was accordingly named after the fish. The surname Kelyng is derived from the Old English word keling,
which means young codfish.
Occasionally, the name is derived from residence in the settlement of Keeling in the county of Norfolk
Early Origins of the Kelyng family
The surname Kelyng was first found in Worcestershire
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.
The parish of Kelling in Norfolk was home to another branch of the family. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Kelyng family
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Kelyng Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Kelyng include Keeling, Keiling, Kealing and others.
Early Notables of the Kelyng family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kelyng family to Ireland
Some of the Kelyng family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 87 words (6 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 Kelyng family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Kelyng were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Catherine Keeling settled in Barbados in 1674; Andrew and Mathew Keeling settled in Maryland in 1775; Thomas Keeling settled in Virginia in 1635.