The Ketlebay name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in Kettleby, a place-name found in Lincolnshire
Early Origins of the Ketlebay family
The surname Ketlebay was first found in Leicestershire
, at Ab Kettleby, a village and civil parish in the Melton district that dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 where it was listed as Chetelbi. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
A Roman mosaic and pavement were found beneath the present St. James churchyard, indicating the presence of a villa at that time. And inside St. James Church there is a Norman font, and a memorial to Everard Digby of the Gunpowder Plot. By 1236, records show the place name was listed as Abeketleby which included the Latin word "ab" which means "from." The place name literally means "farmstead or village of a man called Ketil," from the Old Scandinavian personal name
+ "by." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Kettleby is also a deserted medieval village in Lincolnshire
about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) west of Bigby village and this village was also listed in the Domesday Book
as two manors: Kettleby, which was held by Ralph, nephew of Geoffrey Alselin, and Kettleby Thorpe, which was held by Gilbert. Kettleby Hall was later thought to have bee a moated hunting lodge built in the reign of James I.
Early History of the Ketlebay family
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Ketlebay Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Ketlebay has undergone many spelling variations
, including Kettleby, Kettlebie, Ketelbi, Ketylby, Ketilby and others.
Early Notables of the Ketlebay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ketlebay family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Ketlebay were among those contributors: James Kettleby, who came to America in 1767; as well as Maria Kettleby, who arrived in Ontario in 1871.