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The name Keightley has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the settlement of Keighley in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Keightley belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Keightley Early Origins



The surname Keightley 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. [1]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." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Keightley Spelling Variations


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Keightley Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Keightley have been found, including Keightley, Keighley, Keitley, Keightly and others.

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Keightley Early History


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Keightley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keightley research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1186, 1650, 1719, 1686 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Keightley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Keightley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Keightley Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keightley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Keightley In Ireland


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Keightley In Ireland



Some of the Keightley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Keightley, or a variant listed above:

Keightley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Keightley, who settled in Jamaica in 1661

Keightley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mark Keightley, who landed in New York in 1829
  • Thomas Keightley settled in Newcastle Co. Del. in 1854

Keightley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Keightley landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name Keightley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Keightley (post 1700)



  • John W. Keightley (b. 1826), American politician, Member of Indiana State Senate, 1853; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana, 1868
  • Elijah T. Keightley (b. 1833), American politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1875
  • Edwin William Keightley (1843-1926), American Republican politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 15th Circuit, 1874-77; appointed 1874; U.S. Representative from Michigan 4th District, 1877-79
  • David N. Keightley, American sinologist, historian, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, at University of California
  • Dr Archibald Keightley (1859-1930), prominent member of the Theosophical Society
  • Bertram Keightley (1860-1944), English Theosophist
  • Major-General Richard Charles Keightley CB (b. 1933), British Army officer, Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
  • Lisa Maree Keightley (b. 1971), Australian cricketer
  • Thomas Keightley (1789-1872), Irish historian and author
  • General Sir Charles Frederic Keightley GCB, GBE, DSO (1901-1974), British Army senior officer during and following World War II

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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The Keightley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keightley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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