already had an established system of hereditary surnames
, the Strongbownians brought many of their own naming traditions to the island. There were, however, similarities between the two systems. The Strongbownians, like the Irish, frequently used patronymic
surnames, a form of surname that was built from the name of the initial bearer's father, or another older relative. Norman patronymic names, because they were originally formed in French, were often created by the addition of a diminutive suffix to the given name, such as "-ot," "-et," "-un," "-in," or "-el." Occasionally, two suffixes were combined to form a double diminutive, as in the combinations of "-el-in," "-el-ot," "-in-ot," and "-et-in." These Stronbownians also created patronymic names by the prefix "Fitz-," which was derived from the French word "fils," and ultimately from the Latin " filius
," which both mean "son." This prefix probably originated in Flanders
, it has disappeared from France entirely but remains common in Ireland
even today. The Strongbownian surname of Keetine is derived from the Old English personal name
Cyting. The Gaelic form of the surname Keetine is Céitinn. The indigenous Keaty family of Ireland
, whose Gaelic name is O Céatfhadha, occasionally assumed the surname Keetine.
Early Origins of the Keetine family
The surname Keetine was first found in County Wexford
(Irish: Loch Garman), founded by Vikings
as Waesfjord, and located in Southeastern Ireland
, in the province of Leinster
"One of the earliest of the hibernicized Anglo-Norman families, whose name was Gaelicized Céitinn. They settled in south Leinster." CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
Early History of the Keetine family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keetine research.Another 329 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1908, 1569, 1644, 1630 and 1691 are included under the topic Early Keetine History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Keetine Spelling Variations
Church officials and medieval scribes often spelled early surnames as they sounded. This practice often resulted in many spelling variations
of even a single name. Early versions of the name Keetine included: Keating, Keaty, Keeting, MacKeating and others.
Early Notables of the Keetine family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family up to this time was Seathrún Céitinn, (English: Geoffrey Keating), (c.
1569-1644), Irish Roman Catholic priest, poet and historian from Tipperary
, buried in Tubrid Graveyard in the parish... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keetine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Keetine family to the New World and Oceana
In the mid-19th century, Ireland
experienced one of the worst periods in its entire history. During this decade in order to ease the pressure of the soil, which was actually depleted by the effects of the previous years' grain crops, landowners forced tenant
farmers and peasants onto tiny plots of land that barely provided the basic sustenance a family required. Conditions were worsened, though, by the population of the country, which was growing fast to roughly eight million. So when the Great Potato Famine
of the mid-1840s hit, starvation and diseases decimated the population. Thousands of Irish families
left the country for British North America and the United States. The new immigrants were often accommodated either in the opening western frontiers or as cheap unskilled labor in the established centers. In early passenger and immigration lists there are many immigrants bearing the name Keetine: Daniel, David, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Peggy, Peter, Thomas and William Keating all arrived in Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860. In Newfoundland, Michael settled in Harbour Main in 1750.
The Keetine Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fidelissimus semper
Motto Translation: Always Faithful