Early Origins of the Keete family
The surname Keete was first found in Norfolk
, where the name is generally thought to have been derived from a baptismal name as "the son of Kett." And whether that name represents a nickname
of "Catherine" or Christopher," there is much confusion. Regardless of how the name was derived, the first record of the name was William Kett who was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls
in 1273. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Keete family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keete research.Another 297 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1476, 1455, 1487, 1808, 1st , 1633, 1700, 1666, 1661, 1705, 1696 and 1744 are included under the topic Early Keete History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Keete Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Keete are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Keete include: Keate, Keete, Keyte, Keite, Keat, Keet, Keats and many more.
Early Notables of the Keete family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Keete family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Keete or a variant listed above: Eliza Keats, Nancy Keats, Thomas Keats and Fanny Keats, who all arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1750; George Keats, who settled in Philadelphia in 1818.