Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a cattleman or sheep-herder. The surname Keets 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 Keets 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 Keets is also sometimes derived from the Old English words kete and kyte, 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 Keets family
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 Keets family
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Keets Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Keets has appeared include Keats, Keets and others.
Early Notables of the Keets family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Keets family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Keets arrived in North America very early: 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..
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