Early Origins of the Keatts family
The surname Keatts 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 Keatts family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keatts 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 Keatts History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Keatts Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Keatts include Keate, Keete, Keyte, Keite, Keat, Keet, Keats and many more.
Early Notables of the Keatts family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Keatts family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Keatts were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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.