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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Kell
A kiln.
noun Kell
A sort of pottage; kale. See Kale, 2.

Etymology: A modification of kale

noun Kell
  1. The caul; that which covers or envelops as a caul; a net; a fold; a film.(Obs)"I'll have him cut to the kell." [Beau. & Fl.]
  2. The cocoon or chrysalis of an insect.

Etymology: Cf. Caul


Compare caul.

  1. (obsolete) The caul.
  2. (obsolete, figuratively) That which covers or envelops, like a caul; a net; a fold; a film.
  3. (obsolete) The cocoon or chrysalis of an insect.

A modification of kale.

  1. A sort of pottage; kale.

    kell was also found in the following language(s): Breton, Cornish, Estonian, Hungarian, and Maltese

    Notable Persons Named Kell

    Kell was born on May 3rd, 1986 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.


    Kell Osborne was a rhythm, blues, and soul music musician. He was most prominent from 1955 to 2012. Kell was born on March 12th, 1939 in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. He left this life on January 29th, 2012.


    Kell was born on August 18th, 1906 in Jönköping, Sweden. He breathed his last breath on December 21st, 1996.


    Kell is a soccer player for the Fortaleza Esporte Clube, Clube de Regatas Brasil, Shenzhen F.C., Avaí FC, Joinville Esporte Clube, ABC Futebol Clube, Guarani FC, Clube Atlético Paranaense, and Canoas Sport Club. Kell was born on March 20th, 1980 in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte.



    Notable Persons With the Last Name Kell

    Troy was born on June 13th, 1968.


    Ayla Kell is an actress. She was most prominent from 1994 to present. Ayla was given the name Ayla Marie Kell on October 7th, 1990 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.


    Ernie Kell is a List of mayors of Long Beach and California. Ernie was born on July 5th, 1928 in Trygg Township, Burleigh County, North Dakota.


    George Kell was a baseball player. George was born on August 23rd, 1922 in Swifton, Arkansas. He died on March 24th, 2009.


    Georg Kell is a vice chairman of arabesque partners, arabesque partners, and vice chairman ofarabesque partners. Georg was born in Germany.


    Douglas Kell is a in the fields of systems biology and computational biology. Douglas was given the name Douglas Bruce Kell on April 7th, 1953.


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    Popularity of Kell as a last name

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Kell U.S.
      White 90.83% 64.26%
      African American 3.26% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.85% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.57% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.55% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.93% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Kell

    People with the last name Kell are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Kell

    • How Popular is the name Kell? Kell is the 25,042nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Kell was the 7,298th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Kell have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 229 babies born with the first name Kell in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kell to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kell? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1915 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Kell first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kell is Thursday, March 1st, 1883.
    • What year had the most people named Kell born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kell was in 1960 with a total of 11 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Kell: Your name in reverse order is Llek. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Elkl. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Kell? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,568 people with the last name Kell.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kell? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Kell as their last name.

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    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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