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The name Keats is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a cattleman or sheep-herder. The surname Keats is derived from the Old English word cyte, which means hut and referred to a type of shed or outhouse for cattle or sheep. Occupational names such as Keats frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational surnames are called metonymic surnames. The surname Keats is also sometimes derived from the Old English words kete and kyte, which come from the Old English word cyta. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)


Keats Early Origins



The surname Keats was first found in Cornwall where an old Cornish family bore the name Keate. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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Keats Spelling Variations


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Keats Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Keats are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Keats include Keats, Keets and others.

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Keats Early History


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Keats Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keats research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keats History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Keats Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Keats Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Keats or a variant listed above:

Keats Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Keats, who settled in Boston in 1769
  • John Keats, who settled in Boston in 1769

Keats Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Keats, who settled in Philadelphia in 1818
  • Frederick and John Keats, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pa between 1858 and 1870

Keats Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Eliza, Nancy, Thomas, and Fanny Keats, who all, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Eliza Keats, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Fanny Keats, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Nancy Keats, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Thomas Keats, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Keats Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Keats, aged 16, a weaver, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Ascendant" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ASCENDANT 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Ascendant.htm
  • Joseph Keats, aged 16, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Ascendant" in 1851 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ASCENDANT 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Ascendant.htm
  • Thomas Keats, aged 36, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Navarino" [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Monday 14th August 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Navarino 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/navarino1854.shtml.

Keats Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Richard Keats, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1858
  • Catherine Keats, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1858
  • Robert W. Keats, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1858
  • Mary Jane Keats, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1858

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Contemporary Notables of the name Keats (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Keats (post 1700)



  • John Keats (1795-1821), English poet, one of the key and most beloved poets of the English Romantic movement
  • Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983), American author and illustrator
  • John Keats (1921-2000), American writer and biographer
  • Steven Keats (1945-1994), American actor
  • Vice-Admiral Sir Richard Goodwin Keats (1757-1834), Governor of Newfoundland, Canada, eponym of Keats Island, British Columbia
  • Gordon Blanchard "Duke" Keats (1895-1971), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey center, inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1958
  • Reynold Keats, Australian Research Scientist

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ASCENDANT 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Ascendant.htm
  4. ^ South Australian Register Monday 14th August 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Navarino 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/navarino1854.shtml.

Other References

  1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  3. 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.
  4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Keats Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keats 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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