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Where did the English Keel family come from? What is the English Keel family crest and coat of arms? When did the Keel family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Keel family history?The ancestors of the name Keel date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Keel family lived in the settlement of Keele in Staffordshire, or in East Keal or West Keal in Lincolnshire. The surname Keel belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Keel are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Keel include: Keele, Keel, Keal, Keale and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keel research. Another 93 words(7 lines of text) covering the years 1671, 1721, 1673 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Keel History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 53 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Keel or a variant listed above:
Keel Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Keel Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Keel Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Keel Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Keel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keel 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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