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Where did the English Ketchum family come from? What is the English Ketchum family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ketchum family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ketchum family history?Not surprisingly, the Ketchum surname is thought to have originally been an occupational name for a cook, deriving from the Old English word "cycen."
The name Ketchum, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt 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 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.
Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ketchum Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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 19th Century
- William Parker Ketchum, who landed in Canada in 1830
- Thomas H Ketchum, who arrived in Canada in 1831
- 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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The Ketchum Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ketchum 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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