The name Keepe comes from one of the family having worked as a person employed at a castle or a keep. Some experts theorize that the name Keepe may have been applied as an occupational
surname to a jailer.
Early Origins of the Keepe family
The surname Keepe 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.
Early History of the Keepe family
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Keepe Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Keepe have been found, including: Keep, Keepe and others.
Early Notables of the Keepe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Keepe family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Keepe, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : James Keep settled in Virginia in 1774; B. and G. Keep arrived in San Francisco in 1852; John Keep arrived in Philadelphia in 1753.