name Kekwish comes from when the family resided in the settlement of Kekwick in the county of Cheshire
. The surname Kekwish 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 Kekwish family
The surname Kekwish 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 Kekwish family
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Kekwish Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Kekwish include Kekewich, Kekwitch, Kekwick, Kekewitch and others.
Early Notables of the Kekwish family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kekwish family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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..