The ancient roots of the Keesee family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Keesee comes from when the family lived in the settlement of Kearsley in Lancashire
. The surname Keesee belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Keesee family
The surname Keesee was first found in Lancashire
at Kearsley, now part of Greater Manchester. The first records of the place were found in 1187 when it was spelt Cherselawe and a few years later as Kereleie (c.
1220. ) The name literally means "clearing where cress grows" having derived from the Old English words caerse + leah. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
There is another Kearsley, a township in the parish of Stamfordham, in Northumberland
, but this township has remained rather small in comparison as a census in the late 1800s listed only 11 inhabitants, while the former township in Lancashire
had 3,436 inhabitants in the same census.
Early History of the Keesee family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keesee research.Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 121 and 1210 are included under the topic Early Keesee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Keesee Spelling Variations
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 Keesee has appeared include Kearsley, Kearsey, Keasley, Kersley and others.
Early Notables of the Keesee family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Keesee family to the New World and Oceana
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 Keesee arrived in North America very early: James Kearsley settled in Philadelphia in 1859.
Contemporary Notables of the name Keesee (post 1700)
- E. P. Keesee, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1940 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html