Keeper History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Keeper comes from when its first bearer worked as a person employed at a castle or a keep. Some experts theorize that the name Keeper may have been applied as an occupational surname to a jailer.

Early Origins of the Keeper family

The surname Keeper 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 Keeper family

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Keeper Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Keeper include Keep, Keepe and others.

Early Notables of the Keeper family (pre 1700)

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Keeper migration to the United States

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Keeper or a variant listed above:

Keeper Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Keeper, who arrived in Maryland in 1673 [1]
Keeper Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Friederich Keeper, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
  • Melchior Keeper, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
  • Christian Keeper, who arrived in America in 1773 [1]
Keeper Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Linhart Keeper, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [1]
  • Andrew Keeper, who landed in Indiana in 1852 [1]
  • Friedr Keeper, aged 9, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • Lisette Keeper, aged 22, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • Wilhelm Keeper, aged 8, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]

Keeper migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Keeper Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Edward Keeper, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857


  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)
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