Kethkerd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Scotland, Kethkerd was a Strathclyde-Briton name for someone who lived in the region of Cathcart near Glasgow, along the "Cart" river. [1]

Early Origins of the Kethkerd family

The surname Kethkerd was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland.

Early History of the Kethkerd family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kethkerd research. Another 233 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1160, 1447, 1546, 1513, 1178, 1200, 1230, 1296 and are included under the topic Early Kethkerd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kethkerd Spelling Variations

Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations in Scottish names. Kethkerd has been spelled Cathcart, Cathert, Kethkert, Kethkart and others.

Early Notables of the Kethkerd family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Kethkerd family to Ireland

Some of the Kethkerd family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Kethkerd family

In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Among them: Robert Cathcart who settled in New England in 1730; Alexander, Gabriel, James, John, Paul, Robert, Thomas, William Cathcart all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1800 and 1840..



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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