The earliest origins of the Keek surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member 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
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.
Early Origins of the Keek family
The surname Keek 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.
Early History of the Keek family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keek research.Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1206, 1620, 1686, 1640 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Keek History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Keek Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Keek are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Keek include: Ketch, Keech, Keach, Kedge and others.
Early Notables of the Keek 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, 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 Keek Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Keek family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Keek or a variant listed above: Margaret and Susan Ketch, who settled in New England
in 1665 with their husbands; as well as John Ketch, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1741.