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

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The surname Ketchum 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)

The name Ketchum, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Kitchen, Ketchin, Kitching, Kitchiner, Kitchener and others.


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

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

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Some of the Ketchum 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 New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Ketchum family, or who bore a variation of the surname Ketchum were

Ketchum Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Jauncey Ketchum, aged 42, landed in West Indies in 1812

Ketchum Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Ketchum Isaac U.E. (b. 1756) born in New York, USA who settled in Kings County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1820
  • Mr. Ketchum James U.E. who settled in Parr Town [Saint John], New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. Ketchum Jonathan U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784

Ketchum Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Parker Ketchum, who landed in Canada in 1830
  • Thomas H Ketchum, who arrived in Canada in 1831
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  • Winthrop Welles Ketchum (1820-1879), American Republican politician, College teacher; lawyer; Luzerne County Prothonotary, 1855-57; Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1858
  • William Matthew Ketchum (1921-1978), American Republican politician, Served in the U.S. Army during World War II
  • William A. Ketchum, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Minatitlán, 1884
  • William Ketchum, American politician, Mayor of Buffalo, New York, 1846-47
  • Richard Ketchum, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Saratoga County, 1814-15
  • Omar B. Ketchum, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Topeka, Kansas, 1931-35; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1936; Candidate for U.S. Senator from Kansas, 1936
  • Nathaniel S. Ketchum, American politician, Member of Iowa railroad commission, 1905-15
  • Jean Kerr Ketchum, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Oakland County 3rd District, 1961
  • Homer J. Ketchum, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 8th District, 1950
  • James Ketchum, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Dutchess County, 1818-19
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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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