Ketell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The saga of the name Ketell begins among the Viking settlers who arrived in Scotland in the medieval era. The name Ketell is derived from the old Norse personal name of Ketill or from the old Danish personal name of Ketil.

Early Origins of the Ketell family

The surname Ketell was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland.

However, one of the first records of the family was found further south in England where William Ketel ( fl. 1100) was a medieval English writer and clergyman. Little is known of him other than he wrote a work containing miraculous stories about Saint John of Beverley. He is presumed to have been clerk of Beverley Minster at that time.

Important Dates for the Ketell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ketell research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ketell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ketell Spelling Variations

Contemporary spellings of ancient Scottish names often bear little resemblance to the original recorded versions. These spelling variations result from the fact that medieval scribes spelled words and names alike according to their sounds. Ketell has been spelled Kettle, Ketley, Kettles, Ketill and others.

Early Notables of the Ketell family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Ketell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Ketell family to Ireland

Some of the Ketell 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.

Migration of the Ketell family

The colonies on the fertile east coast of North America soon had many farms run by Scots. These hardy settlers provided a backbone for the great nations of the United States and Canada that would emerge in the next centuries. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Ketell or a variant listed above, including: Peter Kettell settled in Boston in 1635; Edith Kettle settled in Nevis in 1653 along with William; Ralph Kettle settled in Virginia in 1698; Margarita, Sarah and Wennell Kettle arrived in Philadelphia in 1733..

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