Keating History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Although Ireland already had an established system of hereditary surnames, the Strongbownians brought many of their own naming traditions to the island. There were, however, similarities between the two systems. The Strongbownians, like the Irish, frequently used patronymic surnames, a form of surname that was built from the name of the initial bearer's father, or another older relative. Norman patronymic names, because they were originally formed in French, were often created by the addition of a diminutive suffix to the given name, such as "-ot," "-et," "-un," "-in," or "-el." Occasionally, two suffixes were combined to form a double diminutive, as in the combinations of "-el-in," "-el-ot," "-in-ot," and "-et-in." These Stronbownians also created patronymic names by the prefix "Fitz-," which was derived from the French word "fils," and ultimately from the Latin " filius," which both mean "son." This prefix probably originated in Flanders or Normandy, it has disappeared from France entirely but remains common in Ireland even today. The Strongbownian surname of Keating is derived from the Old English personal name Cyting. The Gaelic form of the surname Keating is Céitinn. The indigenous Keaty family of Ireland, whose Gaelic name is O Céatfhadha, occasionally assumed the surname Keating.

Early Origins of the Keating family

The surname Keating was first found in County Wexford (Irish: Loch Garman), founded by Vikings as Waesfjord, and located in Southeastern Ireland, in the province of Leinster.

"One of the earliest of the hibernicized Anglo-Norman families, whose name was Gaelicized Céitinn. They settled in south Leinster." [1]

Early History of the Keating family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keating research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1908, 1569, 1644, 1630 and 1691 are included under the topic Early Keating History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Keating Spelling Variations

During the lifetime of an individual person, his name was often spelt by church officials and medieval scribes the way it sounded. An examination of the many different origins of each name has revealed many spelling variations for the name: Keating, Keaty, Keeting, MacKeating and others.

Early Notables of the Keating family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family up to this time was Seathrún Céitinn, (English: Geoffrey Keating), (c. 1569-1644), Irish Roman Catholic priest, poet and historian from Tipperary, buried in Tubrid Graveyard in the parish...
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United States Keating migration to the United States +

Ireland's Great Potato Famine left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Keating:

Keating Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ignatius Keating, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [2]
  • Thomas Keating, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [2]
Keating Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary Keating, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [2]
  • Abraham Keating, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [2]
  • Barney Keating, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1812 [2]
  • Edward Keating, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [2]
  • Anne Keating, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Keating migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Keating Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Michael Keating, who settled in Harbour Main in 1750
  • Michael Keating, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Garret Keating was a tailor of St. John's, Newfoundland in 1769 [3]
  • William Keating, who settled in Brigus, Newfoundland in 1784 [3]
  • Ms. Keating Ann U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John West], New Brunswick, Canada c. 1784 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Keating Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mary Keating from Cashel, Tipperary was married in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1800 [3]
  • Elizabeth Alice Butler Keating, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1818
  • James Keating, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1818
  • John Keating from County Waterford, Ireland was married in Bonavista in 1821
  • William Keating was a constable of Port de Grave, Newfoundland in 1821 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Keating migration to Australia +

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

Keating Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Keating a victualler, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [5]
  • Michael Keating, aged 36, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett" [6]
  • Catherine Keating, aged 26, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon" [7]
  • Biddy Keating, aged 22, a dairy maid, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "David Malcolm" [8]
  • Mary Keating, aged 23, a dairy maid, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "David Malcolm" [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Keating 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:

Keating Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Keating, Irish settler arriving as Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847 [9]
  • Mrs. Margaret Keating Née Nugent, Irish settler travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847 [9]
  • Child Keating, Irish settler travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847 [9]
  • Miss Mary Ann Keating, (b. 1846), aged 22, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship "Light Brigade" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th August 1868 [10]
  • Miss Fanny Keating, (b. 1847), aged 23, English housemaid, from Kent travelling from London aboard the ship "Ramsey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 17th June 1870 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Keating (post 1700) +

  • William John Keating (1927-2020), American businessman and politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio (1971-1974)
  • Thomas Keating O.C.S.O. (1923-2018), American monk and priest of the Cistercian order
  • Major-General Frank Augustus Keating (1895-1973), American Commanding General 102nd Division, North-West Europe (1944-1945) [11]
  • Frank Keating (b. 1944), American politician, former governor of Oklahoma
  • Seán Keating (1889-1977), Irish romantic-realist painter, President of the Royal Hibernian Academy
  • Justin Keating (1930-2009), Irish Labour Party politician, broadcaster, journalist, lecturer and veterinary surgeon
  • Ronan Keating (b. 1977), Irish singer, was also lead singer of the Irish boy band 'Boyzone'
  • Mr. Michael Robert Keating C.B.E., British Acting Brigadier, recipient of Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018 [12]
  • Dr. Bryan Keating C.B.E., O.B.E., Irish managing partner of CIP Partnership, professor at University of Ulster and Chairman of the advisory board of Northern Ireland Center for Entrepreneurship in Belfast, was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Economic Development in Northern Ireland by her Majesty The Queen [12]
  • Mr. Michael Matthew Keating C.M.G., (b. 1959), born in Kampala, Uganda, British Executive Director of the European Institute for Peace, was appointed Knight Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George on 29th December 2018 for services to international diplomacy, conflict prevention and human rights [12]
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Master Frank William  Keating (1913-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [13]
  • Mr. Frank William  Keating (1889-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [13]
  • Master Russell Charles  Keating (1915-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [13]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Kenneth H W Keating (b. 1911), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [14]
RMS Lusitania


The Keating Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fidelissimus semper
Motto Translation: Always Faithful


  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
  6. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARSHALL BENNETT 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marshallbennett1852.shtml
  7. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 20 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SHACKAMAXON 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/shackamaxon1853.shtml.
  8. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 5th January 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) David Malcolm 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/davidmalcolm1854.shtml
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 30) Frank Keating. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Keating/Frank_Augustus/USA.html
  12. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  13. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  14. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  15. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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