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The ancient roots of the Keil family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Keil comes from when the family lived in Keele, a village and civil parish in northern Staffordshire, or in East Keal or West Keal in Lincolnshire. The surname Keil belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

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The surname Keil was first found in Lincolnshire where early records reveal that Robert de Kele was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
The same rolls list William de Kele in the same shire. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
As far as the origin of the place name Keele is concerned, we must look to the village and parish in Staffordshire where the name was derived from the Old English words "cy" + "hyll," and literally meant "hill where cows graze." The first listing of the place name was found in 1169 when is was listed as Kiel. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Keele Hall is a 19th-century mansion house at Keele, Staffordshire and the eponym of Keele University, officially known as the University of Keele, a public research university near Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.

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 Keil has appeared include Keele, Keel, Keal, Keale and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keil research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1562, 1671, 1721, 1673 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Keil History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keil Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Keil arrived in North America very early:

Keil Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Carl Keil, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1728
  • Hans Yerick Keil, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Johan Jacob Keil, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Johann Henrich Keil, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1763

Keil Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Heinr Keil, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Leonhard Keil, who arrived in America in 1832
  • Balthasar Keil, who landed in America in 1835
  • George Keil, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836
  • William Keil, who arrived in New York, NY in 1837
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Keil Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Keil arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1865
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  • Ralph F. Keil, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Delaware, 1973-75
  • Norma Elliott Keil (b. 1906), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Montana, 1956; Member of Montana Democratic State Committee, 1958-64
  • Frederick W. Keil, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1877-85
  • Lillian Kinkella Keil (1916-2005), highly decorated American World War II and Korean War flight nurse
  • Mark Keil (b. 1967), former American professional tennis player
  • Franz von Keil (1862-1945), Austrian naval officer during World War I
  • Josef Keil (1878-1963), Austrian historian, epigrapher and an archaeologist
  • Bernhard Keil or Keil (1624-1687), Danish Baroque painter who became a pupil of Rembrandt
  • Susanne Keil (b. 1978), German female hammer thrower
  • Freddie Keil, New Zealand musician
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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  5. 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.
  6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Keil Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keil 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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