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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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)


McKell Early Origins



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. " [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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McKell Spelling Variations


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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.

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McKell Early History


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McKell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKell research. Another 315 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1176, 1311, 1379, 1524 and 1739 are included under the topic Early McKell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McKell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McKell Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McKell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McKell In Ireland


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McKell In Ireland



Some of the McKell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McKell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Agnes McKell, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Blundell"

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Contemporary Notables of the name McKell (post 1700)


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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

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  11. ...

The McKell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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