Keddy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Picts were the ancient Scottish tribe where the ancestors of the Keddy family lived. The name Keddy comes from the Gaelic surname Mac Adaidh, which means son of Adam. Addie, Addy, Adie, Eadie, Eddie, and Edie are all pet forms or double diminutives of the name Adam.

Early Origins of the Keddy family

The surname Keddy was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat at Strathardle, in the valley of the Ardle Water.

The first of the Clan was Gillimichael M'Ade, famous in Strathardle tradition, who was alive in 1232. The name took on many forms as it emerged from the original Gaelic. MacAddie, MacKeddie, MacChaddy, and when it became fashionable to drop the Mac it became Addie, Keddie, Chaddy, even MacKiddie, and so on.

Their home and clan seat was deep in the forest of Strathardle at Petcarene. Some members of the Fergusons of the Balmacruchie became McAdies.

ONe of the first records of the family was "the ship of John Kede, a Scotsman, was wrecked at Holkham, Norfolk, England, in 1388," [1] but from that early recording we must wait almost two centuries to find the next. The same source note that "John Kady was in record in Dysart, 1577, Margaret Keddie in Falsyde, parish of Roberton, 1623, and Dorathia Kadie, was heir of Alexander Kadie, tailor in Edinburgh, 1616. " [1]

Important Dates for the Keddy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keddy research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1635, 1639, 1670, 1647, 1664 and 1670 are included under the topic Early Keddy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Keddy Spelling Variations

Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Keddy has been spelled MacAddie, McAddie, MacKeddie, McKeddy, MacKiddie, McKiddie, MacKedy, McKedy, MacKeddey, McKeddey, MacAdie, McAdie, Keddy, Keddie, Cheddy, Cheddie, Keddey, Kedy, Kiddie, Kiddy, Cheddey, MacEddie, McEddie, MacEddy, McEddy, Kede, Ceddy, Keddie, MacAdie and many more.

Early Notables of the Keddy family (pre 1700)

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

Keddy migration to Canada

In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Keddy:

Keddy Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Alexander Keddy, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Keddy migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Keddy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Keddy, Cornish butcher who immigrated to New South Wales, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Ann" in 1854 convicted at Goulburn Gaol on 24th May 1855 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Keddy (post 1700)

  • Paul A. Keddy (b. 1953), Canadian ecologist
  • Carole Juanita Keddy (b. 1937), former Canadian educator and political figure
  • Gerald Gordon Keddy (b. 1953), Canadian politician
  • James Keddy (b. 1973), former Irish footballer

Historic Events for the Keddy family

Halifax Explosion
  • Miss Margaret  Keddy (1914-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [3]

Citations

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_gaol_admissions.pdf
  3. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
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