Not surprisingly, the Ketchem surname is thought to have originally been an occupational
name for a cook, deriving from the Old English word "cycen."
Early Origins of the Ketchem family
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. 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)
Early History of the Ketchem family
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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.
Early Notables of the Ketchem family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ketchem family to Ireland
Some of the Ketchem family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Ketchem family to the New World and Oceana
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