Kettil History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The story of the Kettil family stretches back through time to the Viking settlers who populated the rugged shores of Scotland in the Medieval era. The name Kettil was derived from the old Norse personal name of Ketill or from the old Danish personal name of Ketil.

Early Origins of the Kettil family

The surname Kettil 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.

Important Dates for the Kettil family

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

Kettil Spelling Variations

Spelling variations are extremely common among Scottish names dating from this era because the arts of spelling and translation were not yet standardized. Spelling was done by sound, and translation from Gaelic to English was generally quite careless. In different records, Kettil has been spelled Kettle, Ketley, Kettles, Ketill and others.

Early Notables of the Kettil family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Kettil family to Ireland

Some of the Kettil 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.

Migration of the Kettil family

Those who made the voyage were greeted with ample opportunity to acquire land and a political climate far away from the oppressive monarchy of the old country. They settled along the east coast of what would become Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence, those who remained loyal to England traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, many Scots living in North America have begun to recover their rich heritage through festivals, highland games, and Clan societies. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Kettil: Peter Kettell settled in Boston in 1635; Edith Kettle settled in Nevis in 1653 along with William; Ralph Kettle settled in Virginia in 1698; Margarita, Sarah and Wennell Kettle arrived in Philadelphia in 1733..

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