The name Ketelwell is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the town of Kettlewell in the North Yorkshire
. Ketelwell is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.
Early Origins of the Ketelwell family
The surname Ketelwell was first found in Yorkshire
, at Kettlewell, a village in Upper Wharfedale, North Yorkshire, which dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 where it was listed as Cheteleuuelle CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally meant "spring or stream in a deep valley," having derived from the Old English words "cete" + "wella." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
In 1686, Kettlewell and the neighbouring village Starbotton were almost destroyed in a flood.
Early History of the Ketelwell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ketelwell research.Another 293 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1379, 1397, 1399, 1583, 1653 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Ketelwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ketelwell Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Ketelwell has been spelled many different ways, including Kettlewell, Kettlwell, Ketlewell, Kettelwell, Ketelwell, Ketelwelle, Ketelwel and many more.
Early Notables of the Ketelwell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ketelwell family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Ketelwells to arrive in North America: William Kettlewell, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1856. In Canada Richard Kettlewell was registered in Elgin County, Ontario in 1872 and George Kettlewell was living in Middlesex County, Ontario in 1877..