Keates History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Keates family

The surname Keates was first found in Norfolk, where the name is generally thought to have been derived from a baptismal name as "the son of Kett." And whether that name represents a nickname of "Catherine" or Christopher," there is much confusion. Regardless of how the name was derived, the first record of the name was William Kett who was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of Norfolk in 1273. [1]

Important Dates for the Keates family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keates research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1476, 1455, 1487, 1808, 1st , 1633, 1700, 1666, 1661, 1705, 1696 and 1744 are included under the topic Early Keates History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Keates 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 Keates include Keate, Keete, Keyte, Keite, Keat, Keet, Keats and many more.

Early Notables of the Keates family (pre 1700)

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Keates migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Keates Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Keates, English convict from Taunton, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia [2]

Keates 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:

Keates Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • David Keates, aged 27, a carpenter, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Mary Ann Keates, aged 24, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Mary Ann Keates, aged 1, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Mr. David Keates, (b. 1815), aged 27, British carpenter and labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" arriving in Nelson, South Island, New Zealand on 28th October 1842 [3]
  • Mrs. Mary Ann Keates, (b. 1818), aged 24, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" arriving in Nelson, South Island, New Zealand on 28th October 1842 [3]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Keates (post 1700)

  • Reginald Leslie Keates (b. 1980), former South African born English cricketer
  • Jonathan Keates (1983-1983), English writer, biographer and novelist, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Hawthornden Prize
  • Elizabeth Keates, British actress, from Otley, West Yorkshire

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Citations

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1855
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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