name Kekwage comes from the family having resided in the settlement of Kekwick in the county of Cheshire
. The surname Kekwage 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 Kekwage family
The surname Kekwage 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 Kekwage family
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Kekwage Spelling Variations
Kekwage has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Kekewich, Kekwitch, Kekwick, Kekewitch and others.
Early Notables of the Kekwage family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kekwage family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Kekwages to arrive on North American shores: 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..