Kekewick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancient roots of the Kekewick family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Kekewick comes from when the family lived in the settlement of Kekwick in the county of Cheshire. The surname Kekewick 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 Kekewick family
The surname Kekewick 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 Devonshire, are said to have been of Lancashire origin. There is a township in Cheshire called Kekwick, from which the name was probably borrowed. " 
"Peamore, [Devon] now the seat of the Kekewich family, was formerly in the Cobhams and Bonviles, Tothills and Northleighs. " 
Early History of the Kekewick family
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Kekewick Spelling Variations
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 Kekewick has appeared include Kekewich, Kekwitch, Kekwick, Kekewitch and others.
Early Notables of the Kekewick family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kekewick family
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 Kekewick arrived in North America very early: 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..
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- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Worth, R.N., A History of Devonshire London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.G., 1895. Digital