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The ancestors of the Keech family lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Keech was a name given to 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. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Keech Early Origins



The surname Keech was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Keech Spelling Variations


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Keech Spelling Variations



Keech has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Ketch, Keech, Keach, Kedge and others.

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Keech Early History


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Keech Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keech research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1206, 1620, 1686, 1640 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Keech History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Keech Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Keech Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Hugo Ketch of Cheshire; John (Jack) Ketch (died 1686), one of King Charles II's executioners, whose became quite infamous for the amount of suffering of his victims...

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keech Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Keech Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mrs. Keech Kezia U.E. from New York, USA who settled in Dorchester, Westmorland County, New Brunswick c. 1784 married to Lieutenant Robert Keech [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Lieut. Keech Robert U.E. (b. 1759) from New York, USA who settled in Dorchester, Westmorland County, New Brunswick c. 1784 died in Dorchester in 1842 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Ms. Keech Sarah D. U.E. from New York, USA who settled in Dorchester, Westmorland County, New Brunswick c. 1784 daughter of Lieutenant Robert Keech [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Keech Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Keech arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1847
  • Solomon Keech arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Princess Royal" in 1848

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Contemporary Notables of the name Keech (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Keech (post 1700)



  • Rickmond Bowling Keech (1896-1986), American jurist, Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (1947-1966)
  • Charles Raymond Keech (1900-1929), American board track and brick track racer, best remembered for winning the 1929 Indianapolis 500, and for setting a land speed record in 1928
  • William R Keech, American Professor of Political Economy at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Ray Keech (1900-1929), American board track and brick track racer best remembered for winning the 1929 Indianapolis 500, and for setting a land speed record
  • William Keech (1872-1948), former English football defender who played from 1895 to 1904
  • Matthew Keech (b. 1970), former English cricketer who played from 1991 to 2001
  • Margaret Majella Keech (b. 1954), Australian Labor Party politician, Member for Albert, Queensland (2001-2012)
  • Hazel Keech (b. 1987), born Rose Dawn, a British actress and model

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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

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  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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The Keech Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keech Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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