The ancestors of the name McKelach stretch back to a family in the Boernician
tribe of ancient Scotland
. They lived in Aberdeen (part of the modern Grampian region.)
Early Origins of the McKelach family
The surname McKelach 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 McKelach family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKelach research.Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 137 and 1372 are included under the topic Early McKelach History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McKelach Spelling Variations
Spelling rules only evolved in the last few centuries with the invention of the printing press and the first dictionaries. Spelling variations
are extremely common in names from before that period. McKelach has been spelled Kellogg, Kellock, Kelloch, Kellog, Kellogh, MacKelloch, MacKellock and many more.
Early Notables of the McKelach family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McKelach family to Ireland
Some of the McKelach 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 McKelach family to the New World and Oceana
After making their great crossing, many Boernician-Scottish families settled along the east coast of North America. When the War of Independence
broke out, United Empire Loyalists moved north to Canada while the rest stayed to fight. The ancestors of many of these Scots still populate the continent. This century, through Clan
societies and other Scottish organizations, they began to rediscover their collective national heritage. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name McKelach or a variant listed above: 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.