name Keites comes from when its first bearer worked as a cattleman or sheep-herder. The surname Keites is derived from the Old English word cyte,
which means hut
and referred to a type of shed or outhouse for cattle or sheep. Occupational
names such as Keites frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational
surnames are called metonymic surnames.
The surname Keites is also sometimes derived from the Old English words kete
which come from the Old English word cyta. CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
Early Origins of the Keites family
The surname Keites was first found in Cornwall
where an old Cornish family bore the name Keate. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Keites family
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Keites Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Keites include Keats, Keets and others.
Early Notables of the Keites family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Keites family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Keites or a variant listed above: Thomas Keate, who settled in Maryland in 1774; John Keats settled in Boston in 1769; Frederick and John Keats arrived in Philadelphia between 1858 and 1870..