Keam History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Keam is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Keam family lived in Lincolnshire. The surname comes from one of two places in Lincolnshire which bear the name Kyme: South Kyme and North Kyme, both in the vicinity of Tattershall.
Early Origins of the Keam family
The surname Keam was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Kestevan. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book census in 1086 initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England in 1066, the holdings are not shown but later, within the next century, it was recorded as the Honour of Kymes.  "This parish, which is situated on that part of the Sleaford navigation called Kyme Eau, derived its name from the Kyme family, who were barons by tenure and writ in the reign of Stephen, and had a seat here, mentioned by Leland as a 'goodly house and park,' of which only the tower now remains."  Sir William, the founder of the family, also founded the Priory of Bolinton about 1135. "The Kymes assumed the surname from a fair lordship, the principal place of their residence in Kesteven. "  Sir Philip de Kyme was the first officially recorded, succeeded by his son Sir William de Kyme. Sir Philip was Baron Kyme, Lord of the Manor, and was summoned to Parliament in 1295-1313 to represent Lincolnshire. Sir William was summoned to Parliament in 1323-1336.
Important Dates for the Keam family
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Keam Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Keam are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Keam include Kimes, Kymes, Kyme, Kime and others.
Early Notables of the Keam family (pre 1700)
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Keam migration to New Zealand
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Keam Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Samuel Keam, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hurunui" in 1877
- Phillipa Keam, aged 29, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hurunui" in 1877
- Mrs. Phillipa Keam, (b. 1847), aged 29, Cornish settler departing on 23rd September 1876 aboard the ship "Hurunui" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 18th February 1877 
- Mr. Samuel Keam, (b. 1855), aged 21, Cornish farm Labourer departing on 23rd September 1876 aboard the ship "Hurunui" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 18th February 1877 
Contemporary Notables of the name Keam (post 1700)
- Mark L. Keam, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 2008 
- Mark Lee Keam (b. 1966), member of the Virginia House of Delegates
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Wellington 1872-1880 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nz_wellington.pdf
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html