The name Keit is of Anglo-Saxon
origin. It was name for a person who had acquired the nickname
of the kite,
which was originally derived from the Old English word cyta,
which means wild
In this case the original bearer of the surname earned this name due to their wild, and high-spirited nature.
Early Origins of the Keit family
The surname Keit was first found in Gloucestershire
where they were of the early west country landed gentry. Although, there is also early record of them in the East, where a Richard Kete was listed in the Pipe Rolls
Early History of the Keit family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keit research.Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1632, 1660, 1766, 1549, 1549, 1547, 1589, 1761, 1766, 1537, 1513, 1521, 1521 and 1537 are included under the topic Early Keit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Keit 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 Keit have been found, including Kyte, Kite, Keyt, Keyte, Kight and others.
Early Notables of the Keit family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Robert "Ben" Kett, an English yeoman farmer in Norfolk
who joined rebels as their leader in what was later to be known as Kett's Rebellion on July 8th 1549; he was later tried for treason and... Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keit Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Keit family to Ireland
Some of the Keit family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 65 words (5 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 Keit family to the New World and Oceana
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 powerful new nations. Among early immigrants of the Keit surname to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:
Keit Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Christina Keit, aged 47, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)