The Kestell history begins in Cornwall
, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England
. Quite distinct from Devon
, the adjoining county, Cornwall
had its own spoken language until the late 18th century. The Kestell history began here. The manner in which hereditary surnames
arose is interesting. Local
surnames were derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Unlike most Celtic peoples, who favored patronymic
names, the Cornish predominantly used local
surnames. The Kestell family originally lived in the county of Cornwall, in the village of Kestell.
Early Origins of the Kestell family
The surname Kestell was first found in Cornwall
, where the family are known to have been resident at Kestell, in the parish of Egoshayle from the time of King John till the year 1737. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Now known as Kestle and Kestle Mill, these hamlets are just south of Quintrell Downs.
Early History of the Kestell family
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Kestell Spelling Variations
Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England
, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations
often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall
and the rest of England
. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic
language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Kestle, Kestell, Kestel, Kestelle, Kessel, Kessal and many more.
Early Notables of the Kestell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kestell family to the New World and Oceana
Early records show that people bearing the name Kestell arrived in North America quite early:
Kestell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Robert Henry Kestell, who was naturalized in Michigan in 1881
Kestell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Robert M. Kestell, who was on record in the Ontario census of 1871
Contemporary Notables of the name Kestell (post 1700)
- Robert Kestell, representative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) in Guyana
- Steve Kestell (b. 1955), American politician, member of the Wisconsin legislature since 1998