The ancestors of the Keem family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Lincolnshire
. The surname comes from one of two places in Lincolnshire
which bear the name Kyme: South Kyme and North Kyme, both in the vicinity of Tattershall.
Early Origins of the Keem family
The surname Keem was first found in Lincolnshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Kestevan. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
census in 1086 initiated by Duke William of Normandy
after his conquest of England
in 1066, the holdings are not shown but later, within the next century, it was recorded as the Honour of Kymes. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
"This parish, which is situated on that part of the Sleaford navigation called Kyme Eau, derived its name from the Kyme family, who were barons by tenure and writ in the reign of Stephen, and had a seat here, mentioned by Leland as a 'goodly house and park,' of which only the tower now remains." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Sir William, the founder of the family, also founded the Priory of Bolinton about 1135. "The Kymes assumed the surname from a fair lordship, the principal place of their residence in Kesteven. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Sir Philip de Kyme was the first officially recorded, succeeded by his son Sir William de Kyme. Sir Philip was Baron
Kyme, Lord of the Manor, and was summoned to Parliament in 1295-1313 to represent Lincolnshire
. Sir William was summoned to Parliament in 1323-1336.
Early History of the Keem family
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Keem Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Keem were recorded, including Kimes, Kymes, Kyme, Kime and others.
Early Notables of the Keem family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Keem family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Keem Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Wellard Keem, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843