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Keller : 1: German and Danish: from Middle High German kellaere ‘cellarman cellar master’ (from Latin cellarius denoting the keeper of the cella ‘store chamber pantry’). Hence an occupational name for the overseer of the stores accounts or household in general in for example a monastery or castle. Kellers were important as trusted stewards in a great household and in some cases were promoted to ministerial rank. This form of the surname is also established in many other parts of Europe e.g. in France (Alsace and Lorraine) Russia Hungary the Netherlands Poland Czechia and Croatia.2: English: occupational name from Middle English keller ‘maker of cauls or kells (women's close-fitting caps or headdresses)’ a derivative of Middle English calle kelle.3: Irish: variant of Kelleher.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

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