The saga of the name Ketterake begins among the Viking settlers who arrived in Scotland
in the medieval era. The name Ketterake is derived from the Old Norse personal name Sigtryggr,
which literally means true victory.
The Gaelic form adopted for the surname is Mac Shitrig.
Early Origins of the Ketterake family
The surname Ketterake was first found in Galloway
(Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland
, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway
, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown
(West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway), where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Ketterake family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ketterake research.Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1000, 1376, 1643 and are included under the topic Early Ketterake History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ketterake Spelling Variations
Contemporary spellings of ancient Scottish names often bear little resemblance to the original recorded versions. These spelling variations
result from the fact that medieval scribes spelled words and names alike according to their sounds. Ketterake has been spelled MacKettrick, Kettrick, Kitterick, MacKitterick, MacEtterick, McKettrick, McKetrick, Ketterick and many more.
Early Notables of the Ketterake family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ketterake family to Ireland
Some of the Ketterake family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 139 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ketterake family to the New World and Oceana
The colonies on the fertile east coast of North America soon had many farms run by Scots. These hardy settlers provided a backbone for the great nations of the United States and Canada that would emerge in the next centuries. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Ketterake or a variant listed above, including: Dr. John Kittredge (b. 1620), who arrived in America in 1660; G. B. Kitteredge, who arrived in San Francisco in 1852; F. M. Kitterage arrived in San Francisco in 1857.