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Multiple Origins for the Surname Kee


Scottish


The ancestors of the first family to use the name Kee lived among the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. The name Kee comes from the personal name Aodh, a cognate of Hugh. The Gaelic form of the name is usually Mac Aoidh and in Inverness, the Gaelic form of the name Kee is Mac Ai.

Early Origins of the Kee family


The surname Kee was first found in Sutherland (Gaelic: Cataibh), a former county in northern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Highland, where early records show that Gilcrest M'Ay, forefather of the MacKay family of Ugadale, made a payment to the constable of Tarbert in 1326. It is claimed that the Clan is descended from the royal house of MacEth.

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Early History of the Kee family

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Early History of the Kee family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kee research.
Another 597 words (43 lines of text) covering the years 1408, 1411, 1429, 1329, 1506, 1575, 1873, 1940, 1640, 1692, 1689, 1726 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Kee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kee Spelling Variations

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Kee Spelling Variations


In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Kee has been spelled MacKay, MacCay, MacQuey, MacQuoid, MacKaw, MacKy, MacKye, MacCoy, McCoy and many more.

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Early Notables of the Kee family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Kee family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Hugh Mackay (c. 1640-1692), Scottish general, Major-General Commanding in Chief in Scotland in 1689, killed at the Battle of Steinkeerke; and...
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Migration of the Kee family to Ireland

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Migration of the Kee family to Ireland


Some of the Kee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Kee family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Kee family to the New World and Oceana


In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Kee:

Kee Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Silvester Kee, who landed in Maryland in 1671 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Kee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Kee, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Jane Kee, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Margaret Kee, who arrived in New Jersey in 1811 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Patrick Kee, who arrived in New Jersey in 1811 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Robert Kee, who arrived in New Jersey in 1811 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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Kee Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Martha Kee, aged 19, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838
  • John Kee, aged 21, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838
  • Thomas Kee, aged 21, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kee (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kee (post 1700)


  • Harry Weldon Kee (1914-1955), American poet, painter, literary critic, novelist, jazz pianist, and short story writer
  • John P. Kee (b. 1962), American gospel singer and pastor
  • James Kee (1917-1989), American Democratic politician
  • Maude Elizabeth Kee (1895-1975), American Democratic politician
  • Jenny Kee (b. 1947), Australian fashion designer
  • Paul Kee (b. 1969), former Northern Irish footballer
  • Robert Kee (b. 1919), British broadcaster, journalist and writer
  • Billy Rodney Kee (b. 1990), English footballer

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Historic Events for the Kee family

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Historic Events for the Kee family



Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Jeff Scott Kee (b. 1963), American Specialist 4th Class from Pensacola, Florida, USA who died in the crash [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550

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Suggested Readings for the name Kee

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Suggested Readings for the name Kee


  • The 1868-73 Journals of Emma Celinda Howe by Ralph M. Kee.

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The Kee Motto

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The Kee Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Manu forti
Motto Translation: With a strong hand.


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Citations

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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550

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