The ancestors of the Ketlwell surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name comes from when they lived in the town of Kettlewell in the North Yorkshire
. Ketlwell is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.
Early Origins of the Ketlwell family
The surname Ketlwell was first found in Yorkshire
, at Kettlewell, a village in Upper Wharfedale, North Yorkshire, which dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 where it was listed as Cheteleuuelle CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally meant "spring or stream in a deep valley," having derived from the Old English words "cete" + "wella." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
In 1686, Kettlewell and the neighbouring village Starbotton were almost destroyed in a flood.
Early History of the Ketlwell family
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Ketlwell Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Ketlwell include Kettlewell, Kettlwell, Ketlewell, Kettelwell, Ketelwell, Ketelwelle, Ketelwel and many more.
Early Notables of the Ketlwell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ketlwell family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: William Kettlewell, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1856. In Canada Richard Kettlewell was registered in Elgin County, Ontario in 1872 and George Kettlewell was living in Middlesex County, Ontario in 1877..