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A family in the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland was the first to use the name Keith. They lived in the lands of Keith in the county of East Lothian. Traditionally the Keiths were descended from Robert, an early Chieftain of the Catti tribe, and possibly one of the earliest settlers in Scotland. Robert joined King Malcolm II at the battle of Panbridge, in 1006, against Camus, leader of the Danes. Robert slew Camus for which King Malcolm granted Robert the hereditary title of Marshall of Scotland, with a barony in Lothian and the island of Inskeith in the gulf of Edinburgh. It is for this title that the Keiths are sometimes known as the Marshalls, and many Clansmen adopted that name.

Keith Early Origins



The surname Keith was first found in Haddingtonshire where Harvey Keith, successor of the aforementioned Robert inherited the office of Marshal late in the 13th century, but was imprisoned by the English until 1304. On his release he became one of four Deputy Wardens of Scotland. He joined the cause of King Robert the Bruce, and for their assistance to the Scottish crown, the Clan was granted the royal forest of Kintore. Harvey Keith commanded the Scots Cavalry at Bannockburn and was probably more instrumental in the annihilation of the English army than any other single person. He was again granted lands for his deeds, this time at the expense of the Clan Cumming (Comyn), whose estates at Buchan were acquired by the Keith Clan.

His great grandson, Sir William Keith, founded the tower of Dunottar Castle. Through marriage with an heiress of the Cheynes of Axkergill, the Keiths acquired lands in Caithrless, and began a never-ending succession of feuds with their new neighbors, the Gunns and others.


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Keith Spelling Variations


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Keith Spelling Variations



In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Keith has been spelled Keith, Keath, Ceiteach (Gaelic) and others.

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Keith Early History


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Keith Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keith research. Another 717 words (51 lines of text) covering the years 1438, 1464, 1475, 1540, 1588, 1581, 1553, 1623, 1585, 1635, 1610, 1670, 1714, 1718, 1699, 1758, 1694, 1664, 1712, 1638, 1716 and are included under the topic Early Keith History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Keith Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Keith Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan at this time was William Keith (d. 1475), 1st Earl Marischal of Scotland; Agnes Keith, Countess of Moray (c.1540-1588), a Scottish noblewoman; William Keith, 4th Earl Marischal (d. 1581), a Scottish nobleman and politician; George Keith, 5th Earl Marischal (c.1553-1623), a Scottish nobleman; William Keith, 6th Earl...

Another 72 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keith Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Keith In Ireland


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Keith In Ireland



Some of the Keith family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Keith:

Keith Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Keith, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1662
  • Dorothy Keith, who arrived in Maryland in 1674
  • James Keith settled in Barbados with his wife and daughter in 1678
  • Henry Keith settled in Virginia in 1679
  • George Keith settled in Philadelphia in 1682

Keith Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Margery Keith, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1702
  • Cornelius Keith, who landed in Virginia in 1709
  • Effie Keith, who arrived in New York in 1739
  • Alexander Keith, who landed in South Carolina in 1745
  • William Keith, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1769
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Keith Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Keith, aged 20, landed in Maryland in 1813
  • Rebecca Keith, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • John Keith, who landed in New York in 1817
  • Charles Keith, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

Keith Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Capt. Keith Daniel U.E. (b. 1761) born in Dublin, Ireland who settled in New Canaan, Brunswick Parish, Queens County, New Brunswick c. 1785 he served in the Queens Rangers as a Private then Sergeant, Queens Company Militia, married to Elizabeth Disbrown they had 14 children, he died in 1830 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Keith Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Keith, who arrived in Canada in 1841

Keith Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jane Keith, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1835 with 132 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1835
  • George Keith, aged 28, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett"

Keith Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Keith, aged 34, a shepherd, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • Mr Keith landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Blenheim
  • Mary Keith arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • James R. Keith arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ulcoats" in 1864
  • Anne Keith arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ulcoats" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Keith (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Keith (post 1700)



  • William Bradford "Bill" Keith (1939-2015), American five-string banjoist
  • Harold Verne Keith (1903-1998), Newbery Medal-winning American author
  • General Donald Raymond Keith (1927-2004), American Army general
  • Charles H. Keith, American music publisher in the late 1800s in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Carl Donald Keith (1920-2008), American chemist, co-inventor of the three-way catalytic converter
  • William H. Keith (b. 1950), American author
  • Benjamin Franklin Keith (1846-1914), American vaudeville theater owner who founded Keith Memorial Theatre, Boston
  • Ben E. Keith, American founder of Ben E. Keith Company, the 9th largest broad line foodservice distributor in America
  • Ben Keith (1937-2010), stage name of Bennett Keith Schaeufele, an American musician and record producer, known for his work as a pedal steel guitarist with Neil Young
  • Agnes Newton Keith (1901-1982), born Agnes Jones Goodwillie Newton, an American author, best known for her three autobiographical accounts of life in North Borneo
  • ... (Another 70 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Keith Historic Events


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Keith Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Alfred Keith (1892-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Andrew Ian Keith (1908-1941), Australian Lieutenant from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Arthur W Keith (b. 1922), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Wimborne, Dorset, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Keith


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Suggested Readings for the name Keith



  • Keith Kinfolks by Larry King.
  • Descendants of the Bates, Jackson, and Keith Families by Loni Gardner.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Veritas vincit
Motto Translation: Truth Conquers.


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Keith Clan Badge


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Keith Clan Badge




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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Keith
Arvay, Arvey, Arvie, Austan, Austand, Austane, Austant, Austean, Austeand, Austeane, Austeant, Austeen, Austeend, Austeent, Austeind, Austeint, Austen, Austend, Austent, Austeyn, Austeynd, Austin, Austind, Austine, Austing, Austink, Austins, Austint, Austyn, Austynd, Aystan, Aystand, Aystane, Aystant, Aysten, Aystend, Aystent, Aystind, Aystint, Aystyn, Aystynd, Dickison, Dickson, Dicksoun, Dicson, Dikson, Diksoun, Dix, Dixon, Dixoun and more.

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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1835 with 132 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1835

Other References

  1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  5. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  6. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  9. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  10. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  11. ...

The Keith Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keith 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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