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The Anglo-Saxon name Keaton comes from when the family resided in either of the settlements called Ketton in Durham or Rutland, or in the place called Keaton in Ermington, in Devon. The surname Keaton belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Keaton Early Origins



The surname Keaton was first found in Leicestershire. One of the first records of the family was Robert of Ketton (Latin: Robertus Cetenensis) ( c. 1110-1160), an English medieval theologian, astronomer, translator and Arabist. His is thought to have been from village in Rutland, near Stamford, Lincolnshire. Today Ketton is a village and civil parish in Rutland in the East Midlands but dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was known as Chetone. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
It is thought that the village name originated from "an old river name, possibly a derivation of the Celtic "ced" meaning "wood" + the Old English word "ea" meaning "river." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

The second record of the family was Robert de Keton who was listed in the Calendar of Inquisitiones post mortem from Nottinghamshire in 1362. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Yorkahire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Johannes de Keton; and Henry de Ketton. Thomas Keton was rector of Langale and Kirksted, Norfolk in 1506. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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Keaton Spelling Variations


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Keaton 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 Keaton include Keaton, Keeton, Ketton, Keton, Ketyn, Keetyn and many more.

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Keaton Early History


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Keaton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keaton research. Another 495 words (35 lines of text) covering the years 1362, 1379, 1397, 1399, 1423, 1506, 1805, 1134, 1143 and 1500 are included under the topic Early Keaton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Keaton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Keaton Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Robert of Ketton, a medieval theologian, who traveled to France, the Byzantine Empire, and the Crusader States in Palestine with fellow scholar Herman of Carinthia, in 1134. In...

Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keaton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Keaton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Keaton, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745
  • William Keaton, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1775
  • Samuel Keaton arrived in Philadelphia in 1799

Keaton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Keaton, aged 41, landed in Pennsylvania in 1814
  • A.J. Keaton, aged 26, who settled in America, in 1893
  • Michael Keaton, aged 38, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • Patrick Keaton, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Duncan Keaton, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1897

Keaton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mrs. Charles Keaton, aged 53, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Mrs. Edgar Keaton, aged 27, who emigrated to America, in 1907
  • Ben. C. Keaton, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1912
  • James Keaton, aged 60, who settled in America, in 1923
  • Thomas Keaton, aged 49, who emigrated to the United States, in 1923
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Keaton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Michael Keaton, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

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Contemporary Notables of the name Keaton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Keaton (post 1700)



  • Joseph Frank "Buster" Keaton (1895-1966), American comic actor and filmmaker, best known for his silent films, nicknamed "The Great Stone Face," ranked the 21st-greatest male star by the American Film Institute in 1999
  • Michael John Keaton (b. 1951), born Michael John Douglas, American multiple award winning actor known for his leading roles in Beetlejuice, Batman and Batman Returns and many more
  • Diane Keaton (b. 1946), born Diane Hall, American multiple award winning film actress, director, producer, and screenwriter, probably best known for her role in Annie Hall for which she received 7 awards
  • Danielle Wiener Keaton, American actress, sister of Josh Keaton
  • Curtis Isaiah Keaton (b. 1976), former American NFL football running back
  • Teddy Keaton, American football coach
  • Myra Keaton (1877-1955), born Myra Edith Cutler, an American vaudeville performer and film actress mother of Buster Keaton
  • Joe Keaton (1867-1946), American vaudeville performer and silent film actor, father of Buster Keaton
  • Joshua "Josh" Keaton (b. 1979), born Joshua Luis Wiener, an American actor, voice actor, singer and music producer
  • Camille Keaton (b. 1947), American actress, best known for her role in the 1978 film I Spit on Your Grave
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  11. ...

The Keaton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keaton Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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