Keese History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the distinguished German surname Keese lie in the former duchy of Swabia. The name is derived from the Middle High German word "kaeser," denoting a person who made and sold cheese.

Early Origins of the Keese family

The surname Keese was first found in Swabia, where it is believed to have first emerged, initially borne by dairy farmers and cheesemongers. The earliest documented instance of the name has been traced to this region, where Arnold Chesere was recorded to have lived in 1246. The young Keese family was instrumental during this early period, playing a major role in the development of medieval Swabian society.

Early History of the Keese family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keese research. Another 132 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1246, 1370, 1727, 1781, 1804, 1816, 1841, and 1853 are included under the topic Early Keese History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Keese Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kaser, Kase, Käs, Käser, Keser, Keese, Keeser, Kaas, Kälein, Käsgen, Kese, Kees and many more.

Early Notables of the Keese family (pre 1700)

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keese Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Keese migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Keese Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Keese, who arrived in New England in 1720 [1]
Keese Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Keese, aged 26, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Christine Keese, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1846 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Keese (post 1700) +

  • Beverly William Keese (b. 1894), American engineering executive
  • Richard Keese (1794-1883), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from New York 19th District, 1827-29; State Court Judge in New York, 1835 [2]
  • P. P. Keese, American Republican politician, Mayor of Ishpeming, Michigan [2]
  • John M. Keese, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Dutchess County 2nd District, 1852 [2]
  • Frank E. Keese, American Republican politician, Mayor of Ishpeming, Michigan [2]
  • C. B. Keese, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Presidential Elector for Virginia, 1920 [2]
  • Percy Keese Fitzhugh (1876-1950), American author of nearly 100 books for children and young adults, most of his work has a Boy Scouting theme in the fictional town of Bridgeboro, New Jersey


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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