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Kettle Genealogy and Kettle Family History Information

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  • Charles Henry Kettle (1821 - 1862)
    Charles Henry Kettle was born in Kent, England, probably on 6 April 1821; his father was Matthew Kettle. Much of his early life remains obscure. Reputedly from a respectable, if impecunious, background...
  • Desmond Fosbery Kettle (1881 - 1915)
  • Ursula Kettle (1634 - d.)
    Notes On March 26, 1654, Edward Skynner presented a petition to the Commonwealth charging that Dr. James Taylor of Surry County,..." 'chyrugeon' hath lived in loathsome sin of adultery with his lat...
  • 3 x no name Kettle (deceased)

About the Kettle surname


Last name: Kettle

This interesting surname is English but ultimately of pre 7th century Old Norse origins. One of the very first or possibly even the first surname ever to be recorded, it derives from the Scandinavian personal name "Ketill", often used as a short form of various compound names such as AsketillandArnkell. These nameswere composed of apparently disparate elements, although "ketill" itselfhasthe unusual meaning of a sacrificial cauldron, whilst Asketill means "god-cauldron", from "oss", god, and Arnkell translates literally as "eagle cauldron", from "arn", eagle. Both are foundin the modified surnames of today as Ashkettle, Haskell, Arkle and Arkley. The personal name Ketill is recorded in the Domesday Book of1086andappears severaltimesas Chetel, Chitel, Ketel and Kitel, whilst the early development of the surname includes: Roger Chetel of Northamptonshire in 1180; Edricus Keteles of Suffolk in 1188; and Hulf Ketel in Norfolk in 1190. The modern surname can be found as Kettle, Kettel, Kettell, Kittel, Kittle and the patronymic forms Kettles, Kettless, Kells and Kettelson. Amongst the early examples of the surname recordingin Elizabethan timesisthat of Edmund Kettle, listed in the Register of the University of Oxford for 1582 -1583. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be thatof Grym Kytel. This was dated 972 a.d., in the famous "Anglo-Saxon Chronicles", during the reign of King Edgar of England, 959 - 975. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in evry countryhave continuedto "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling0 - 20