, 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
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
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, 1st , 1633, 1700, 1666, 1661, 1705, 1696 and 1744 are included under the topic Early Keeter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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.
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