Keebler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Keebler is a name that was formed by the Anglo-Saxon society of old Britain. The name was thought to have been used for someone who once worked as a person who made or sold cudgels, which were short, stout sticks used as weapons. The surname Keebler was also applied as a nickname to a person who was considered as stout and heavy. [1]

Another source disagrees with this theory. Bardsley believes that the "surname is derived from the name of an ancestor. 'the son of Kibble,' i.e. Cuboid. A strong confirmation of the view that Kibbel was an old personal name is the existence of such local names as Kibblethwaite, Kibbleworth, Kibblestone, Cobbledick." [2]

Early Origins of the Keebler family

The surname Keebler was first found in Suffolk where Æluric Chebbel was found c. 1095. While the name does not appear in the Domesday Book of 1086, it would be safe to assume that the Keebler family were indeed there at that time.

Later, William Kebbel was found in the Curia Regis Rolls for 1214 and in 1263 Salomon Kebbel was found in the Feet of Fines for Essex in 1263.

The Hundredorum Rolls of 11273 included entries for a wide variety of spellings: Michael Kibbel, Huntingdonshire; William Kibbel, Cambridgeshire; Thomas Kibel, Lincolnshire; Reginald Kibel, Lincolnshire; and Stephen Cubbel, Oxfordshire. [2]

"From the 15th to the 17th century, Keeble, in the forms often of Keble, Kebill, and Kebyll, was a common name amongst the gentry and tradesmen of Stowmarket [Suffolk]. Keeble is still a Stowmarket name. In the 13th century, Kibel, Kibbel, and Kebbel were names found in the adjacent counties of Cambridge and Hunts, as well as in those of Lincoln and Oxford. There are Kibbles now in Bucks and Warwickshire." [3]

Early History of the Keebler family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keebler research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1510, 1644, 1523, 1607, 1686, 1806, 1807, 1809, 1650, 1649, 1654, 1632, 1710, 1632, 1711, 1786, 1711, 1792 and 1866 are included under the topic Early Keebler History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Keebler 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 Keebler include Keeble, Keble, Kebbell, Kebell, Kebill, Kebyll, Kibbel, Kibble, Kibel, Keebler and many more.

Early Notables of the Keebler family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Richard Keble, Keeble or Kebbel ( fl. 1650), English judge an old family settled at Newton in Suffolk. He was Commissioner of the Great Seal from 1649 to 1654. His youngest son Joseph Keble (1632-1710), was a barrister and essayist, born...
Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keebler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Keebler migration to the United States +

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 Keebler were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Keebler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Georg Keebler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737 [4]
Keebler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • L. Keebler, aged 23, who settled in America, in 1896
Keebler Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Wa... Keebler, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Della Mae Keebler, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Elizabeth Keebler, aged 71, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Henry Keebler, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1919

Contemporary Notables of the name Keebler (post 1700) +

  • Godfrey Keebler, American founder of the Keebler Company, largest cookie and cracker manufacturer in the United States in 1853


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ 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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