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The name Keeling was formed many centuries ago by the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name typically given to a person who fished codfish and was accordingly named after the fish. The surname Keeling is derived from the Old English word keling, which means young codfish. Occasionally, the name is derived from residence in the settlement of Keeling in the county of Norfolk.
The surname Keeling was first found in Worcestershire 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.
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Keeling include Keeling, Keiling, Kealing and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keeling research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1240, 1607, 1671, 1661 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Keeling History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keeling Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the Keeling family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Keeling Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Keeling Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Keeling Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Keeling Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Keeling Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Keeling Historic Events
The Keeling Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keeling 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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