Early Origins of the Keatt family
The surname Keatt was first found in Norfolk
, where the name is generally thought to have been derived from a baptismal name as "the son of Kett." And whether that name represents a nickname
of "Catherine" or Christopher," there is much confusion. Regardless of how the name was derived, the first record of the name was William Kett who was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls
in 1273. 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)
Early History of the Keatt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keatt research.Another 297 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1476, 1455, 1487, 1808, 1st , 1633, 1700, 1666, 1661, 1705, 1696 and 1744 are included under the topic Early Keatt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Keatt Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Keatt has appeared include Keate, Keete, Keyte, Keite, Keat, Keet, Keats and many more.
Early Notables of the Keatt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Keatt family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Keatt arrived in North America very early: Eliza Keats, Nancy Keats, Thomas Keats and Fanny Keats, who all arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1750; George Keats, who settled in Philadelphia in 1818.