Kethkeard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

It was in the Scottish/English Borderlands that the Strathclyde-Briton people first used the ancient name Kethkeard. It was a name for someone who lived in the region of Cathcart near Glasgow, along the "Cart" river. [1]

Early Origins of the Kethkeard family

The surname Kethkeard was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland.

Early History of the Kethkeard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kethkeard research. Another 233 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1160, 1447, 1546, 1513, 1178, 1200, 1230, 1296 and are included under the topic Early Kethkeard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kethkeard Spelling Variations

Scribes in Medieval Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. Kethkeard has been spelled Cathcart, Cathert, Kethkert, Kethkart and others.

Early Notables of the Kethkeard family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Kethkeard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Kethkeard family to Ireland

Some of the Kethkeard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Kethkeard family

The number of Strathclyde Clan families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them: Robert Cathcart who settled in New England in 1730; Alexander, Gabriel, James, John, Paul, Robert, Thomas, William Cathcart all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1800 and 1840..



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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