Grimkettle, Ulfkettle ...
||Tough, strong, hard as nails kettle.
||Divine Kettle, cauldron of the gods. As, plural Aesir = gods. Jordanes 'Gothic
history' says that there is a Germanic legend that kings were descended from great
heroes known as Anses, an earlier form of Aesir.
First would come the name Ketil and then in time numerous variations and
compound names were invented, to alleviate the monotony I suppose. If a
family wished to invoke the power of their patron deity, such as Thor,
then they might give a name such as Thurcetel. On the other hand,
sometimes a compound name is given by a warrior's comrades, as a
nickname. Thus a fellow named Ketil who had the ferocity of a wolf
might be nicknamed Ulf-ketil and then later on the actual name Ulfketil
could be given to that fellow's nephew or grandson. A fighter who was as
hard as a rock in battle might be nicknamed Stein-ketil. Grimketil could
have been created the same way for all we know.
Source: J.O. (Medieval historian)
Until the 13th century surnames were not commonly used in England and the name
Ketil was not necessarily passed from father to son, though I have seen several
instances of Ketil variants passed within a family eg uncle Ketel, nephew
Ulfketel. It is normally a male name but I have seen female Ketele (Norway c12th
century) and Ketteløg (Sweden c11th century).
Source: Anna Kettle
Kettle, Kettel, Kettelle, Ketel, Ketil, Cytel, Chetil. The sacrificial
cauldron of northern mythology. A large number of surnames are founded
on Kettle and its components: Chettle, Oskettle, Arkettle, Grimkettle,
Steinkettle, Wulfkettle also their abbreviations such as Kell, Chell,
Oskell, Arkell, Thurkle etc.
Source: A dictionary of English and Welsh surnames - Bardsley CW
24 December 1998