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The many generations and branches of the Keep family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as a person employed at a castle or a keep. Some experts theorize that the name Keep may have been applied as an occupational surname to a jailer.

Keep Early Origins



The surname Keep was first found in Sussex 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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Keep Spelling Variations


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Keep Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Keep were recorded, including Keep, Keepe and others.

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Keep Early History


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Keep Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keep research. Another 298 words (21 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keep History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Keep Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Keep Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Keep 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



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Keep family emigrate to North America:

Keep Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Lancelot Keep, who landed in Maryland in 1641
  • John Keep, who arrived in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1644
  • William Keep, who arrived in Maryland in 1679

Keep Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Keep arrived in Philadelphia in 1753
  • Johannes Keep, aged 24, landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • James Keep settled in Virginia in 1774

Keep Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • B. G. Keep arrived in San Francisco in 1852

Keep Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Keep, English convict from Buckinghamshire, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830

Keep Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Keep, aged 39, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876
  • Jane Keep, aged 40, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876
  • Thomas John Keep, aged 14, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876
  • Hannah N. Keep, aged 9, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876
  • George Keep, aged 6, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Keep (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Keep (post 1700)



  • Robert P. Keep, American politician, Warden (Borough President) of Farmington, Connecticut, 1926-27
  • William Keep, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1860
  • M. M. Keep, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1936
  • J. M. Keep, American politician, Circuit Judge in Wisconsin 1st Circuit, 1857-59
  • Edward P. Keep (b. 1848), American Republican politician, Lumber and coal dealer; Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Calhoun County 1st District, 1899-1900
  • Chauncey Keep, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Cortland County, 1830, 1836
  • Richard Keep, American actor, known for Last Call (2013), Paris, Hiver 2010 (2012) and About the Places We Dwell (2015)
  • Michael Keep (1922-2007), born Michael Capanna, American actor, known for Buried Alive (1990), 40 Guns to Apache Pass (1967) and The Way West (1967)
  • Robert Porter Keep (1844-1904), American teacher and scholar
  • Nathan Cooley Keep (1800-1875), American dentistry pioneer, founding Dean of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830

Other References

  1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  9. 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.
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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The Keep Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keep 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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