Keck History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Keck family

The surname Keck was first found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in North Holland, a province of the Netherlands. The principal cities are Amsterdam, Haarlem and Hilversum. It was the seat of the old Counts of Holland. Seat of one of the oldest families is Brederode Castle near Haarlem. There are many old and quaint towns in the province. including Medemblik, Enkhuizen, Hoorn, Edam, and Monnikendam. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

Important Dates for the Keck family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keck research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 156 and 1561 are included under the topic Early Keck History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Keck Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Keck, Kecke, Keckes, Kecks, Keckee, Kecka, Keckk, Kecck, Keeck, Keckks, Keccks, Keack, Kaeck, Geck and many more.

Early Notables of the Keck family (pre 1700)

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Keck migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Keck Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anna Barbara Keck, who landed in Northampton, Pennsylvania in 1726 [1]
  • Henry Keck, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 [1]
  • Georg Keck, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736 [1]
  • Andreas Keck, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Adam Keck, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1761
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Keck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anna Barb Keck, who settled in America sometime between 1726 and 1800
  • Johan George Keck, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [1]
  • Agathe Keck, who settled in North America in 1852
  • Bantalion Keck, who arrived in Illinois in 1856-1864 [1]
  • Marianne Keck, who arrived in New York, NY in 1860 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Keck (post 1700)

  • Kevin Keck (b. 1973), American essayist and poet
  • David D. Keck (1903-1995), American botanist
  • William Myron Keck (1880-1964), American founder of Superior Oil Company, eponym of W.M. Keck Observatory
  • Frank Joseph "Cactus" Keck (1899-1981), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds 1922-1923
  • Harry Keck (1897-2003), American sports writer
  • Charles Keck (1875-1951), American sculptor born in New York City
  • Howard B. Keck (1913-1996), American son of W. M. Keck, succeeded his father as head of both Superior Oil and the Keck Foundation

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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