The present generation of the Keightleigh family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in the settlement of Keighley in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The surname Keightleigh 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 Keightleigh family
The surname Keightleigh 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
"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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Keightleigh family
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Keightleigh Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Keightleigh include Keightley, Keighley, Keitley, Keightly and others.
Early Notables of the Keightleigh family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Keightleigh family to Ireland
Some of the Keightleigh family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Keightleigh family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Keightleigh were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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..