Keach History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The earliest origins of the family name Keach date back to the Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name given to a person who because of their physical characteristics and physical abilities was referred to as kedge a Old English word that described someone who was brisk or active. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Early Origins of the Keach family

The surname Keach was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Keach family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keach research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1206, 1620, 1686, 1640 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Keach History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Keach Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Keach include Ketch, Keech, Keach, Kedge and others.

Early Notables of the Keach family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Hugo Ketch of Cheshire; John (Jack) Ketch (died 1686), one of King Charles II's executioners, whose became quite infamous for the amount of suffering of his victims...
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Migration of the Keach family

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Margaret and Susan Ketch, who settled in New England in 1665 with their husbands; as well as John Ketch, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1741.

Contemporary Notables of the name Keach (post 1700)

  • Stacy Keach (b. 1941), American actor
  • James Keach (b. 1947), American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • William E. Keach, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Brooklyn, 1914 [1]
  • Sherman L. Keach, American Republican politician, Chair of Lawrence County Republican Party, 1905 [1]
  • Edwin H. Keach, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Killingly [1]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from
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