Kelynge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Kelynge is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name. It was a name given to a person who was a person who fished codfish and was accordingly named after the fish. The surname Kelynge 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 Kelynge family

The surname Kelynge 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. [1]

Early History of the Kelynge family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kelynge research. Another 61 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1240, 1607, 1671, 1661 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Kelynge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kelynge Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Kelynge has appeared include Keeling, Keiling, Kealing and others.

Early Notables of the Kelynge family (pre 1700)

Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kelynge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Kelynge family to Ireland

Some of the Kelynge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Kelynge family

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Kelynge arrived in North America very early: Catherine Keeling settled in Barbados in 1674; Andrew and Mathew Keeling settled in Maryland in 1775; Thomas Keeling settled in Virginia in 1635.



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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