Ketler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the name Ketler come from the Viking settlers of ancient Scotland. The name was derived from the old Norse personal name of Ketill or from the old Danish personal name of Ketil.

Early Origins of the Ketler family

The surname Ketler 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.

Early History of the Ketler family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ketler research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ketler History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ketler Spelling Variations

Medieval scribes most often spelled names by the way they sounded. spelling variations, are thus, very common in records dating from that time. Over the years, Ketler has been spelled Kettle, Ketley, Kettles, Ketill and others.

Early Notables of the Ketler family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Ketler family to Ireland

Some of the Ketler family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Ketler migration to the United States +

The Scottish settlers spread out along the fertile land of the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. They and many of their children went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. That heritage has been recovered by many in this century through Clan societies and other Scottish historical organizations. Archival documents indicate that members of the Ketler family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Ketler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Carl Ketler, aged 21, who arrived in Virginia in 1773 [1]

Canada Ketler migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ketler Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Herman Ketler, who landed in Manitoba in 1876


The Ketler 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.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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