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Early Origins of the Keeter family

The surname Keeter was first found in Norfolk, where the name is generally thought to have been derived from a baptismal name as "the son of Kett, but whether Kett represents a nick, of Catherine, or, like Kit, of Christopher, I cannot say." [1]

The first record of the name was Ailnod Kete who was recorded in the Pipe Rolls of 1166. A few years later, Richard Kete was recorded in Suffolk in 1221 and in Durham, Robert Chet was listed at Boldun in 1183. Richard Kyte was recorded in the Assize Rolls for Somerset in 1243. [2]

William Ket was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of Norfolk in 1273. [1] [2] Ralph atte Kete was registered in Kent in 1292, Peter le Kyte was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1327 and John Kette was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Cambridgeshire in 1327. [2]

The famed poet John Keats (1795-1821), was "born in London, at the sign of the Swan and Hoop, 24 The Pavement, Moorfields. These premises were occupied as a livery stable by one John Jennings, into whose service the father of the poet, Thomas Keats, had entered as a lad. Families of the name of Keats are found settled in Devonshire both north and south, and of the origin of Thomas Keats nothing is known except that he came either from that county or from Cornwall." [3]

Early History of the Keeter family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keeter research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1476, 1455, 1487, 1808, 1633, 1700, 1666, 1661, 1705, 1696, 1744, 1757, 1834, 1812 and 1757 are included under the topic Early Keeter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Keeter Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Keeter has been spelled many different ways, including Keate, Keete, Keyte, Keite, Keat, Keet, Keats and many more.

Early Notables of the Keeter family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Jonathan Keate, 1st Baronet (1633-1700), of The Hoo, County of Hertford, High Sheriff of Hertfordshire in 1666; Sir Gilbert Hoo Keate, 2nd Baronet (c. 1661-1705); and Sir Henry Hoo Keate, 3rd Baronet (c. 1696-1744.) Sir...
Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keeter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Keeter Ranking

In the United States, the name Keeter is the 9,320th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]


United States Keeter migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Keeters to arrive in North America:

Keeter Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mary Keeter, aged 32, who settled in America from Munich, in 1906

Contemporary Notables of the name Keeter (post 1700) +

  • Reagan Keeter, American screenwriter and author
  • Worth Keeter, American director and assistant director, known for V.R. Troopers (1994), Power Rangers in Space (1998) and Snapdragon (1993)
  • DeWayne Keeter (1944-1975), American dirt-track and motorcycle speedway rider


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm


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