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Where did the English Ketcham family come from? What is the English Ketcham family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ketcham family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ketcham family history?Not surprisingly, the Ketcham surname is thought to have originally been an occupational name for a cook, deriving from the Old English word "cycen."
During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Ketcham occurred in many references, and spelling variations of the name found included Kitchen, Ketchin, Kitching, Kitchiner, Kitchener and others.
First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times. Early rolls revealed Henry atte Kychene c. 1300 and Richard del Kechin. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 lists Johannes del Kechyn; Johannes del Kuchyn; and Thomas del Kichyn. 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ketcham research. Another 141 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1350 and 1566 are included under the topic Early Ketcham History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 51 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ketcham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Ketcham 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.
Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name Ketcham, or a spelling variation of the surname include:
Ketcham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Ketcham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Ketcham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
The Ketcham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ketcham Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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