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Not surprisingly, the Ketchem surname is thought to have originally been an occupational name for a cook, deriving from the Old English word "cycen."

Ketchem Early Origins



The surname Ketchem was 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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Ketchem Early History


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Ketchem Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ketchem research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1350 and 1566 are included under the topic Early Ketchem History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ketchem Spelling Variations


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Ketchem Spelling Variations



Although the name, Ketchem, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Kitchen, Ketchin, Kitching, Kitchiner, Kitchener and others.

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Ketchem Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ketchem Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ketchem Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ketchem In Ireland


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Ketchem In Ireland



Some of the Ketchem 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.

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The Great Migration



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 cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Ketchem family name Ketchem, or who bore a variation of the surname were John Kitchen, who settled in Salem in 1630; Nicholas Kitchen settled in Barbados in 1654; Joseph Kitchin settled in Virginia in 1635; John Kitchin settled in New England in 1635.

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