Keeth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Keeth family

The surname Keeth 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 Keeth family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keeth 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 Keeth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Keeth Spelling Variations

Keeth has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Keate, Keete, Keyte, Keite, Keat, Keet, Keats and many more.

Early Notables of the Keeth family (pre 1700)

Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keeth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Keeth migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Keeths to arrive on North American shores:

Keeth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mathew Keeth, aged 25, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1842 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Keeth (post 1700) +

  • Keeth Thomas Smart (1978-2008), American silver medalist sabre fencer at the 2008 Olympic Games


  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. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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