Behind the name MacKeloch is a story that begins in the ancient Scottish-English border region among the clans of the Boernician
tribe. The MacKeloch family lived in Aberdeen (part of the modern Grampian region.)
Early Origins of the MacKeloch family
The surname MacKeloch was first found in Aberdeenshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland
. More recently, leading seamen in the Commonwealth Navies addressed as "leader", and informally known as "kellicks" from the killick anchor which is the symbol of their rank.
Early History of the MacKeloch family
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MacKeloch Spelling Variations
Before the printing press and the first dictionaries appeared, names and other words were often spelled differently every time they were written. MacKeloch has appeared under the variations Kellogg, Kellock, Kelloch, Kellog, Kellogh, MacKelloch, MacKellock and many more.
Early Notables of the MacKeloch family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacKeloch family to Ireland
Some of the MacKeloch family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 37 words (3 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 MacKeloch family to the New World and Oceana
The Scots who crossed the Atlantic were often on the run from poverty as well as persecution. They brought little with them, and often had nothing of their home country to hand down to their children. In the 20th century, Clan
societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations have helped the ancestors of Boernician
Scots to recover their lost national legacy. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name MacKeloch were among those contributors: James Kellock, who was a servant, who arrived in Virginia in 1661; Alice Kellogg, who came to Hartford, CT in 1637; Daniel Kellogg, who arrived in Connecticut in 1651.