Keighlay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Keighlay first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in the settlement of Keighley in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Keighlay belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Keighlay family
The surname Keighlay was first found in Yorkshire at Keighley, a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the E. division of the wapentake of Staincliffe and Ewcross. The first listing of the place name was Chichelai in the Domesday Book of 1086.  "This place, anciently Kyghelay, was for many generations the property of the Kyghelay family, who either gave their name to, or derived it from, the manor; and of whom Gilbertus Kyghelay, of Utley, was buried here in 1203, according to an inscription on a stone still remaining in the parish church. In the reign of Edward I. Henry de Kyghelay, a member of the family, obtained the grant of a weekly market and an annual fair, with privilege of free warren for the inhabitants." 
Important Dates for the Keighlay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keighlay research. Another 94 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1186, 1650, 1719, 1686 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Keighlay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Keighlay 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 Keighlay has appeared include Keightley, Keighley, Keitley, Keightly and others.
Early Notables of the Keighlay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Keighlay family to Ireland
Some of the Keighlay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Keighlay family
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 Keighlay arrived in North America very early: William Keightley, who settled in Jamaica in 1661; Thomas Keightley settled in Newcastle Co. Del. in 1854; James, John, Maria, Robert, Samuel, Violetta, and William Keightly all arrived in Philadelphia between 1820 and 1878..
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- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.