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Early Origins of the Keddington family

The surname Keddington was first found in Suffolk, where the village Kedington is located between Clare and Haverhill in south-west Suffolk. The place dates back to 1043-5 when it was spelled Kydington but was listed as Kidituna in the Domesday Book 1.

Keddington is a parish with a village in the Louth district of Lincolnshire on the river Lud. In the Domesday Book, it was listed as Cadington or Kedingtuna and probably meant "farmstead associated with a man called Cydda" 2

Early History of the Keddington family

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Keddington Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Keddington include Keddington, Kedington, Kedton, Kediton, Keddinton and others.

Early Notables of the Keddington family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • Henry Keddington, Rector of Bergh-Apton in Norfolk during the 16th century, and Roger Kedington, an 18th century Rector of Kedington in Suffolk and a writer

Migration of the Keddington family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Keddington or a variant listed above: William Kedton, who sailed to Maryland in 1774.

  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) on Facebook