The name Keetes is Anglo-Saxon
in origin. It was a name given to a cattleman or sheep-herder. The surname Keetes is derived from the Old English word cyte,
which means hut
and referred to a type of shed or outhouse for cattle or sheep. Occupational
names such as Keetes frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational
surnames are called metonymic surnames.
The surname Keetes is also sometimes derived from the Old English words kete
which come from the Old English word cyta. CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
Early Origins of the Keetes family
The surname Keetes was first found in Cornwall
where an old Cornish family bore the name Keate. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Keetes family
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Keetes Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Keetes include Keats, Keets and others.
Early Notables of the Keetes family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Keetes family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Keetes were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Thomas Keate, who settled in Maryland in 1774; John Keats settled in Boston in 1769; Frederick and John Keats arrived in Philadelphia between 1858 and 1870..