The ancestry of the name Kekewadge dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the settlement of Kekwick in the county of Cheshire
. The surname Kekewadge belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Kekewadge family
The surname Kekewadge was first found in Cheshire
where they were Lords of the Manor of Kekewich from very ancient times. "This family, long resident in Cornwall
and Deonshire, are said to have been of Lancashire
origin. There is a township in Cheshire
called Kekwick, from which the name was probably borrowed. " 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 Kekewadge family
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Kekewadge 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 Kekewadge have been found, including Kekewich, Kekwitch, Kekwick, Kekewitch and others.
Early Notables of the Kekewadge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kekewadge 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 for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Kekewadge, or a variant listed above: John Kekewich, who was recorded in the census of Ontario, Canada in 1871; as well as a family of the name Kekwick who landed in North America in 1890..