Kedge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
- Origins Available:
The name Kedge is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that was given to a person who was a person who because of their physical characteristics and physical abilities was referred to as kedge a Old English word that described someone who was brisk or active. 
Although one notes source has a different understanding of the origin on the name. In this case, Kedge is from the "Middle English [word] keech ‘a lump of congealed fat; the fat of a slaughtered animal rolled up into a lump’, used in the 16th century for a butcher: ‘Did not goodwife Keech the Butchers wife come in then?’ (Henry IV); ‘I wonder, That such a Keech can with his very bulke Take vp the Rayes o’ th’ beneficiall Sun, And keepe it from the Earth’ (Henry VIII), where the reference is to Cardinal Wolsey, a butcher’s son. " 
Early Origins of the Kedge family
The surname Kedge was first found in Cambridgeshire and Surrey where Reginald and Hugo Keche were listed in the Curia Regis Rolls for 1206 and 1219. 
Years later, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included Peter Kech, Norfolk; and Adam Kyg, Buckinghamshire. 
In Somerset, early rolls there show John Keche holding lands 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) 
In Norfolk, John Keche, was rector of Erpingham in 1430 and "a brass plate in the ancient church of St. Helen's, Norwich, reads: 'Hie jacet corpus Dni. Edmundi Keche, presbyteri' " 
Early History of the Kedge family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kedge research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1206, 1620, 1621, 1673, 1686, 1640, 1704 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Kedge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kedge Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Kedge has undergone many spelling variations, including Ketch, Keech, Keach, Kedge and others.
Early Notables of the Kedge family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Hugo Ketch of Cheshire; John (Jack) Ketch (died 1686), one of King Charles II's executioners, who became quite infamous for the terrible suffering of his victims; his name has lived on as slang for the gallows or even for death itself.
Benjamin Keach (1640-1704)...
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| Kedge migration to Australia ||+|
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Kedge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mr. Joseph Kedge, British convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Cornwall" on 28th February 1851, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) 
| Kedge migration to New Zealand ||+|
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Kedge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Miss Mary Ann J. Kedge (Hedge), (b. 1863), aged 9 months, English settler from Suffolk travelling from London aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 20th January 1864, listed as died on the passenger list, may have died on board 
- Mr. Walter Kedge (Hedge), (b. 1840), aged 23, English farm labourer from Suffolk travelling from London aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 20th January 1864 
- Mrs. Jane Kedge (Hedge), (b. 1841), aged 22, English settler from Suffolk travelling from London aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 20th January 1864 
- Miss Emma E. Kedge (Hedge), (b. 1861), aged 2, English settler from Suffolk travelling from London aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 20th January 1864 
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- Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
- Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print
- Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/cornwall
- New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html