The name Kettlebay is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in Kettleby, a place-name found in Lincolnshire
Early Origins of the Kettlebay family
The surname Kettlebay 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 Kettlebay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kettlebay research.Another 273 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1205, 1513, 1589, 1604, 1652 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Kettlebay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kettlebay Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Kettlebay has been spelled many different ways, including Kettleby, Kettlebie, Ketelbi, Ketylby, Ketilby and others.
Early Notables of the Kettlebay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kettlebay family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Kettlebays to arrive in North America: James Kettleby, who came to America in 1767; as well as Maria Kettleby, who arrived in Ontario in 1871.