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The descendents of Viking settlers in ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Ketilay. It was derived from the old Norse personal name of Ketill or from the old Danish personal name of Ketil.

Early Origins of the Ketilay family


The surname Ketilay 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.


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Early History of the Ketilay family

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Early History of the Ketilay family


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Ketilay Spelling Variations

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Ketilay Spelling Variations


Intuition and sound were the primary sources medieval scribes used to judge appropriate spellings and translations for names. The spelling of a name thus varied according to who was doing the recording. The different spelling variations of Ketilay include Kettle, Ketley, Kettles, Ketill and others.

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Early Notables of the Ketilay family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Ketilay family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Ketilay family to Ireland

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Migration of the Ketilay family to Ireland


Some of the Ketilay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Ketilay family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Ketilay family to the New World and Oceana


In their new home, Scots found land and opportunity, and some even fought for their new freedom in the American War of Independence. Some, who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, the ancestors of both of these groups have begun recovering their illustrious national heritage through Clan societies and other Scottish historical organizations. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Ketilay name: 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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The Ketilay Motto

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The Ketilay Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Bono vince malum
Motto Translation: Overcome evil with good.


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