Keightle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Keightle is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Keightle family once lived in the settlement of Keighley in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Keightle 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 Keightle family
The surname Keightle 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 Keightle family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keightle research. Another 94 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1186, 1650, 1719, 1686 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Keightle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Keightle Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Keightle family name include Keightley, Keighley, Keitley, Keightly and others.
Early Notables of the Keightle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Keightle family to Ireland
Some of the Keightle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Keightle family
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Keightle surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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..
- ^ 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.