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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)



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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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • John Keep, who arrived in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1644 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • William Keep, who arrived in Maryland in 1679 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Keep Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Keep, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1753
  • Johannes Keep, aged 24, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • James Keep, who settled in Virginia in 1774

Keep Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • B. G. Keep, who 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 [2]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, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876
  • Jane Keep, aged 40, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876
  • Thomas John Keep, aged 14, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876
  • Hannah N. Keep, aged 9, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876
  • George Keep, aged 6, who 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)



  • 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
  • John Keep (1781-1870), American trustee of Oberlin College
  • Judith Keep (1944-2004), American judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California (1980-2004)
  • Jason Keep (b. 1978), American basketball player
  • Albert Keep (1826-1907), American railroad financier, former president and director of the Chicago and North Western Railway
  • J. M. Keep, American politician, Circuit Judge in Wisconsin 1st Circuit, 1857-59 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • 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 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (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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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

Other References

  1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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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.

This page was last modified on 7 October 2015 at 09:47.

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