Origin of Kelton/Kilton/Keelton/Chilton- same family, different spelling?

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My maiden name is Kelton and I am helping my 10th grader with a genealogy report. I have found where in the 1600s in Scotland, the name was Kilton. I have gone back even further to the 1500s and everyone's name was Chilton, which highly confuses me. It also showed where the family was in England. I have found a John of Maidstone Chilton. Other sources have also stated that the Kelton name is of Scottish and Irish ancestory, in Ireland being spelled as "Keelton" due to the fact that they were shipbuilders. I am confused as to the origin of the Kelton family. It appears to me they originated in England as. As Chilton, then immigrated to Scotland as Kilton or Ireland as Keelton. I am also confused about the first ancestor to come to the United States and when they came. Some resources list James Chilton as being born in the UK, and I have also seen born in Massachusetts. I am wondering if the "Kelton" spelling is considered the Americanized version of "Kilton" and "Chilton", and if our pronunciation as Kel-ton is actually incorrect, and just Americanized as well. I am aware that the oldest person on the Mayflower, was a "Chilton" so I would like to know if we are decendents of this man so my son can include that in his project. Does anyone have any insight to help me and my son with this project? Thank you!
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