Early Origins of the Ketilby family
The surname Ketilby was first found in Lincolnshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 12th century when John Ketelbi held estates in that shire in the year 1200.
Early History of the Ketilby family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ketilby research.Another 319 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1041, 1191, 1543, 1041, 1191, 1241, 1396, 1543, 1982, 1513, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Ketilby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ketilby Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Ketilby are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Ketilby include: Ketelby, Kettelby, Ketelbey, Kettleby, Kettlby and others.
Early Notables of the Ketilby family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ketilby family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Ketilby or a variant listed above: James Kettleby, who came to America in 1767; as well as Maria Kettleby, who arrived in Ontario in 1871.