Kettley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The saga of the name Kettley begins among the Viking settlers who arrived in Scotland in the medieval era. The name Kettley is derived from the old Norse personal name of Ketill or from the old Danish personal name of Ketil.

Early Origins of the Kettley family

The surname Kettley 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 Kettley family

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

Kettley 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. Kettley has been spelled Kettle, Ketley, Kettles, Ketill and others.

Early Notables of the Kettley family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Kettley family to Ireland

Some of the Kettley 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 Kettley migration to the United States +

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 Kettley or a variant listed above, including:

Kettley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Eliza Kettley, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [1]


The Kettley 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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