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
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
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, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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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
McKell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
McKell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name McKell (post 1700)
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