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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)



More information is included under the topic Early Keats Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. 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 came to Boston in 1769
  • John Keats 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 arrived in Philadelphia, Pa between 1858 and 1870

Keats Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Eliza, Nancy, Thomas, and Fanny Keats, who all 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, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Ascendant"
  • Joseph Keats, aged 16, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Ascendant" in 1851
  • Thomas Keats, aged 36, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Navarino"

Keats Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

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



  • Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983), American author and illustrator
  • John Keats (1921-2000), American writer and biographer
  • Steven Keats (1945-1994), American actor
  • John Keats (1795-1821), English poet, one of the key poets of the English Romantic movement
  • 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.

Other References

  1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. 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. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. 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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