The ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Keak family have grown. The name Keak was given to a member of the family who was 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
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 Keak family
The surname Keak 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.
Early History of the Keak family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keak research.Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1206, 1620, 1686, 1640 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Keak History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Keak Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Keak family name include Ketch, Keech, Keach, Kedge and others.
Early Notables of the Keak 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... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keak Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Keak family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Keak surname or a spelling variation of the name include : 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.