Keathley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancestry of the name Keathley dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the settlement of Keighley in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Keathley belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Keathley family

The surname Keathley was first found in Yorkshire at Keighley, a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the E. division of the wapentake of Staincliffe and Ewcross. The first listing of the place name was Chichelai in the Domesday Book of 1086. [1] "This place, anciently Kyghelay, was for many generations the property of the Kyghelay family, who either gave their name to, or derived it from, the manor; and of whom Gilbertus Kyghelay, of Utley, was buried here in 1203, according to an inscription on a stone still remaining in the parish church. In the reign of Edward I. Henry de Kyghelay, a member of the family, obtained the grant of a weekly market and an annual fair, with privilege of free warren for the inhabitants." [2]

Important Dates for the Keathley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keathley research. Another 94 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1186, 1650, 1719, 1686 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Keathley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Keathley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Keathley have been found, including Keightley, Keighley, Keitley, Keightly and others.

Early Notables of the Keathley family (pre 1700)

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keathley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Keathley family to Ireland

Some of the Keathley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 62 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Keathley migration to the United States

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Keathley, or a variant listed above:

Keathley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Lillie Keathley, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1912

Contemporary Notables of the name Keathley (post 1700)

  • Gavin Keathley, American child actress, known for her role in Hard Love (2011)
  • Brian R. Keathley (b. 1969), American producer, known for his work on Film Pigs (2012), Narc (2002) and Shortcut to Happiness (2003)
  • Kevin Keathley, American college basketball coach and author
  • Staff Sergeant George D Keathley (1917-1944), American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944, eponym of the USNS Sgt. George D Keathley (T-APC-117)

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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