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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.
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.  The same rolls list William de Kele in the same shire.  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.  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.
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.
Another 75 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keil Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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
Keil Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Keil Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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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