Not surprisingly, the Ketchens surname is thought to have originally been an occupational
name for a cook, deriving from the Old English word "cycen."
Early Origins of the Ketchens family
The surname Ketchens 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 Ketchens family
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Ketchens Spelling Variations
Although the name, Ketchens, 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 Ketchens family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ketchens family to Ireland
Some of the Ketchens family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Ketchens 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 Ketchens family name Ketchens, 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