The name Keetch comes from a name for a person who because of their physical characteristics and physical abilities was referred to as kedge
a Old English word that described someone who was brisk
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 Keetch family
The surname Keetch was first found in Cheshire
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 Keetch family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keetch research.Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1206, 1620, 1686, 1640 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Keetch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Keetch 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 Keetch include Ketch, Keech, Keach, Kedge and others.
Early Notables of the Keetch family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Hugo Ketch of Cheshire; John (Jack) Ketch (died 1686), one of King Charles II's executioners, whose became quite infamous for the amount of suffering of his victims... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keetch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Keetch family to the New World and Oceana
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 Keetch or a variant listed above:
Keetch Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- William J. Keetch, who landed in America, in 1905
Contemporary Notables of the name Keetch (post 1700)
- Von Gary Keetch (1960-2018), American general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (2015-2018)
- Paul Stuart Keetch (1961-2017), English Liberal Democrat politician, Member of Parliament for Hereford (1997-2010)
- Bobby J Keetch (1941-1996), Scottish footballer