Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Kekwycke is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the settlement of Kekwick in the county of Cheshire
. The surname Kekwycke 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 Kekwycke family
The surname Kekwycke 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 Kekwycke family
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Kekwycke Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Kekwycke has been spelled many different ways, including Kekewich, Kekwitch, Kekwick, Kekewitch and others.
Early Notables of the Kekwycke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kekwycke family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Kekwyckes to arrive in North America: 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..