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Where did the English Keeton family come from? What is the English Keeton family crest and coat of arms? When did the Keeton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Keeton family history?The name Keeton first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in either of the settlements called Ketton in Durham or Rutland, or in the place called Keaton in Ermington, which is in the county of Devon. The surname Keeton belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Keeton has appeared include Keaton, Keeton, Ketton, Keton, Ketyn, Keetyn and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keeton research. Another 421 words(30 lines of text) covering the years 1134, 1143, 1362, 1379, 1397, 1399, 1423, 1500, 1506, and 1805 are included under the topic Early Keeton History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 68 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keeton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Keeton arrived in North America very early:
Keeton Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Keeton Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Keeton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keeton 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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