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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.

Keach Early Origins



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.

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Keach Spelling Variations


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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.

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Keach Early History


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Keach Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keach research. Another 161 words (12 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.

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Keach Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Keach Early Notables (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...

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keach Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Keach (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Keach (post 1700)



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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    11. ...

    The Keach Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keach 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.

    This page was last modified on 28 November 2015 at 13:44.

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