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Kellett Family HistoryThis most interesting surname is of Old Scandinavian origin, and is a locational name from either Kellet in Lancashire, which was recorded as "Chellet", in the Domesday Book of 1086 and as "Kellet" in the Pipe Rolls of 1194; or Kelleth in Cumberland, which appears in documents published in the "Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society", circa 1200 as "Keldelith". The placenames share the same derivation, which is from the Old Norse "keld-hlieth", composed of "kelda", a spring and "hlieth", a slope, hillside; hence "a slope with a spring".
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