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Where did the Irish Keating family come from? What is the Irish Keating family crest and coat of arms? When did the Keating family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Keating family history?

Although Ireland already had an established system of hereditary surnames, the Strongbownians brought many of their own naming traditions to the island. There were, however, similarities between the two systems. The Strongbownians, like the Irish, frequently used patronymic surnames, a form of surname that was built from the name of the initial bearer's father, or another older relative. Norman patronymic names, because they were originally formed in French, were often created by the addition of a diminutive suffix to the given name, such as "-ot," "-et," "-un," "-in," or "-el." Occasionally, two suffixes were combined to form a double diminutive, as in the combinations of "-el-in," "-el-ot," "-in-ot," and "-et-in." These Stronbownians also created patronymic names by the prefix "Fitz-," which was derived from the French word "fils," and ultimately from the Latin " filius," which both mean "son." This prefix probably originated in Flanders or Normandy, it has disappeared from France entirely but remains common in Ireland even today. The Strongbownian surname of Keating is derived from the Old English personal name Cyting. The Gaelic form of the surname Keating is Céitinn. The indigenous Keaty family of Ireland, whose Gaelic name is O Céatfhadha, occasionally assumed the surname Keating.

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During the lifetime of an individual person, his name was often spelt by church officials and medieval scribes the way it sounded. An examination of the many different origins of each name has revealed many spelling variations for the name: Keating, Keaty, Keeting, MacKeating and others.

First found in County Wexford (Irish: Loch Garman), founded by Vikings as Waesfjord, and located in Southeastern Ireland, in the province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keating research. Another 217 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1908, 1569, 1644, 1630 and 1691 are included under the topic Early Keating History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 107 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keating Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Ireland's Great Potato Famine left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Keating:

Keating Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Ignatius Keating, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773
  • Thomas Keating, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773

Keating Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Mary Keating, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Abraham Keating, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Barney Keating, aged 25, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Edward Keating, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Anne Keating, who landed in New York, NY in 1816


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  • Frank Keating (b. 1944), American politician, former governor of Oklahoma
  • Major-General Frank Augustus Keating (1895-1973), American Commanding General 102nd Division, North-West Europe (1944-1945)
  • Ronan Keating (b. 1977), Irish singer, was also lead singer of the Irish boy band 'Boyzone'
  • Justin Keating (1930-2009), Irish Labour Party politician, broadcaster, journalist, lecturer and veterinary surgeon
  • Seán Keating (1889-1977), Irish romantic-realist painter, President of the Royal Hibernian Academy
  • Michael Keating (b. 1947), British actor best known as for his role in the science fiction television series Blake's 7
  • Caron Keating (1962-2004), British TV personality
  • Dominic Keating (b. 1962), British actor
  • Prime Minister Paul John Keating (b. 1944), Australian politician, the 24th Prime Minister of Australia, from 1991 to 1996
  • Zoë Keating (b. 1972), Canadian cellist and composer

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fidelissimus semper
Motto Translation: Always Faithful

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The Keating Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keating Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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