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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 and kyte, which come from the Old English word cyta. 1

Early Origins of the Keetes family

The surname Keetes was first found in Cornwall where an old Cornish family bore the name Keate. 2

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

Distinguished members of the family include John Keats (1795-1821), the English poet, "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. Before he was twenty he had risen to be head...
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Migration of the Keetes family

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..

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print. on Facebook