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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 Atlanti c. 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
  • Wm. P. Ketchum, aged 49, arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "New York" from Southampton, England [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6YX-DMJ : 6 December 2014), Wm. P. Ketchum, 28 Oct 1893; citing departure port Southampton, England, arrival port New York, ship name New York, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Ketchum Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Arthur Ketchum, aged 57, arrived in New York City, New York in 1919 aboard the ship "West Cape" from Seattle, Washington [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QH-248 : 6 December 2014), Arthur Ketchum, 07 Jan 1919; citing departure port Seattle, Washington, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name West Cape, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Elizabeth Ketchum, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Fort Hamilton" from Hamilton, Bermuda [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6CT-23D : 6 December 2014), Elizabeth Ketchum, 05 Apr 1920; citing departure port HAMILTON, BERMUDA, arrival port NEW YORK, NY, ship name Fort Hamilton, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Samuel Ketchum, aged 41, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Fort Hamilton" from Hamilton, Bermuda [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6ND-NTP : 6 December 2014), Samuel Ketchum, 18 Apr 1921; citing departure port Hamilton, Bermuda, arrival port New York, ship name Fort Hamilton, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Alice Ketchum, aged 33, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Fort Hamilton" from Hamilton, Bermuda [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6ND-NT5 : 6 December 2014), Alice Ketchum, 18 Apr 1921; citing departure port Hamilton, Bermuda, arrival port New York, ship name Fort Hamilton, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Ketchum James U.E. who settled in Parr Town [Saint John], New Brunswick c. 1784 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Ketchum Jonathan U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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)
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6YX-DMJ : 6 December 2014), Wm. P. Ketchum, 28 Oct 1893; citing departure port Southampton, England, arrival port New York, ship name New York, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QH-248 : 6 December 2014), Arthur Ketchum, 07 Jan 1919; citing departure port Seattle, Washington, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name West Cape, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6CT-23D : 6 December 2014), Elizabeth Ketchum, 05 Apr 1920; citing departure port HAMILTON, BERMUDA, arrival port NEW YORK, NY, ship name Fort Hamilton, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6ND-NTP : 6 December 2014), Samuel Ketchum, 18 Apr 1921; citing departure port Hamilton, Bermuda, arrival port New York, ship name Fort Hamilton, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6ND-NT5 : 6 December 2014), Alice Ketchum, 18 Apr 1921; citing departure port Hamilton, Bermuda, arrival port New York, ship name Fort Hamilton, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. 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. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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