The origins of the Keightly name come from when the Anglo-Saxon
tribes ruled over Britain. The name Keightly was originally derived from a family having lived in the settlement of Keighley in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The surname Keightly 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 Keightly family
The surname Keightly 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 Keightly family
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Keightly Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Keightly include Keightley, Keighley, Keitley, Keightly and others.
Early Notables of the Keightly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Keightly family to Ireland
Some of the Keightly 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.
Migration of the Keightly family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Keightly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James, John, Maria, Robert, Samuel, Violetta, and William Keightly all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1820 and 1878