Keeter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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." 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 of Norfolk in 1273. [1]

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, 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.

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)

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.


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)


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