Keeping History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Keeping comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a rotund or heavy person. The surname Keeping was originally derived from the Old English nickname Cypping, which is in turn derived from the Germanic root kupp, which means to swell or to be swollen. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Early Origins of the Keeping family

The surname Keeping was first found in Norfolk 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 Keeping family

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Keeping Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Keeping has undergone many spelling variations, including Keeping, Keppyng, Kepping, Kipping, Kippen and many more.

Early Notables of the Keeping family (pre 1700)

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Keeping Ranking

In Newfoundland, Canada, the name Keeping is the 137th most popular surname with an estimated 274 people with that name. [1]


United States Keeping migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Keeping were among those contributors:

Keeping Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Keeping, who settled in Maryland in 1674
  • William Keeping, who landed in Maryland in 1674 [2]
  • Philip Keeping, who settled in America in 1685
Keeping Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Edwin Herbert Keeping, aged 29, who immigrated to America from Paris, France, in 1907
  • Ernest Dalter Keeping, aged 24, who landed in America from England, in 1908
  • Lilian Sarah Keeping, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Christchurch, England, in 1909
  • Thomas Jones Keeping, aged 30, who landed in America from Christchurch, England, in 1909
  • William H. Keeping, aged 17, who settled in America from Trowbridge, England, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Keeping migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Keeping Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • William Keeping, aged 30, who immigrated to Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1917
  • William Keeping, aged 23, who settled in Fortune, Newfoundland, in 1922
  • James Keeping, aged 20, who settled in New Waterford, Cape Breton, in 1923

Contemporary Notables of the name Keeping (post 1700) +

  • Michael Keeping (1902-1984), English footballer and manager
  • Winston Maxwell "Max" Keeping CM OOnt (1942-2015), Canadian broadcaster, Vice-President of news and public affairs CTV, Ottawa, news anchor of the evening news from 1972 until his retirement in 2010
  • Frank Keeping, British one time silver Olympic medalist for cycling during the 1896 games [3]
  • Charles Keeping (1924-1988), British illustrator, children's author, and lithographer
  • Jeff Keeping (b. 1982), Canadian Football League defensive tackle

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Joseph  Keeping, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]
  • Miss Lily May  Keeping (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]
  • Mr. J. W. or W.  Keeping (1891-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]
  • Ms. Rita May Keeping (1892-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Edwin Herbert Keeping (d. 1912), aged 33, American First Class passenger from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [5]


  1. ^ The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Athletes - Famous Olympic Athletes, Medalists, Sports Heroes. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Frank Keeping. Retrieved from http://www.olympic.org/content/olympic-athletes/generic-athlete-page/?athleteid=58095
  4. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  5. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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