The origins of the McKell name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived near a well or spring; keld
was a common word in the north of England
for these. According to some experts, the surname McKell is also occasionally derived from the Old Norse word ketill,
which means cauldron
and sometimes refers to such an object used in sacrificial rites. CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
Early Origins of the McKell family
The surname McKell was first found in Hampshire
, but the name could have derived from the place name Keld of which there are two in England: Keld (or Keilde), a hamlet in Cumbria; and Keld, another hamlet in North Yorkshire
. Another reference claims the name was "formerly written Cail, and said by the family to be derived from Cailly in Normandy
. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the McKell family
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McKell 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 McKell were recorded, including Kell, Kel, Kelle, Keld and others.
Early Notables of the McKell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McKell family to Ireland
Some of the McKell family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the McKell family to the New World and Oceana
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 McKell family emigrate to North America:
McKell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Joe McKell, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
McKell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Annie McKell, aged 9, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1909
- Lizzie McKell, aged 4, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1909
- Margaret McKell, aged 11, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1909
- Margaret McKell, aged 31, who emigrated to America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1909
- Jeanette McKell, aged 1, who settled in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1909
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McKell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Agnes McKell, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Blundell"
Contemporary Notables of the name McKell (post 1700)
- Michael McKell (b. 1959), English actor and singer/songwriter
- Sir William John McKell GCMG (1891-1985), Australian statesman