Last name origins & meanings:
- German: from Middle High German kellaere ‘cellarman’,
‘cellar master’ (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. The surname is widespread throughout central Europe.
- English: either an occupational name for a maker of caps or cauls,
from Middle English kellere, or an occupational name for an
executioner, from Old English cwellere.
- Irish: reduced form of Kelleher.
- Scottish: variant of
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