Keymell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Keymell name is an important part of the history of the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Keymell is derived from the given name Camel, a variation of the Old Norse name Gamall. The surname Keymell is also of nickname origin and refers to a person who had physical characteristics similar to a camel. These characteristics could include awkwardness and ill-temper. The origin is also toponymic, which means that the bearers came from Queen Camel or West Camel, which were parishes in Somerset.

Early Origins of the Keymell family

The surname Keymell was first found in Somerset, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

The Keymell variant hails from Cornwall. "This ancient and respectable family first came into England with William the Conqueror in 1066, and took up their principal abode in Somerset and Devon. But Geoffrey St. Aubyn on his marriage with Elizabeth, heiress of Keymell, became an inhabitant of Cornwall; in which county his descendants have ever since resided. This famous family, which was first denominated from Mount Seyntaubyn in Normandy, after their establishment in this country, formed alliances by marriages in their descent, with the several families of Keymell, Coleshill, Whittington, Grenvill, Mallet, Godolphin, Jenkin, Trenowth, De la Haye, and Morrice." [1]

Early History of the Keymell family

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Keymell Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Keymell were recorded, including Camell, Cammel, Camel, Camule, Camyll, Gamyll, Cammell and many more.

Early Notables of the Keymell family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Keymell family

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Keymell family emigrate to North America: Edmund Camell who arrived in Virginia in 1637; James Camell in New England in 1652; and John Cammel who arrived in South Carolina in 1716.



  1. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print


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