Keyan is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Keyan family lived in Lincolnshire
. The surname comes from one of two places in Lincolnshire
which bear the name Kyme: South Kyme and North Kyme, both in the vicinity of Tattershall.
Early Origins of the Keyan family
The surname Keyan was first found in Lincolnshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Kestevan. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
census in 1086 initiated by Duke William of Normandy
after his conquest of England
in 1066, the holdings are not shown but later, within the next century, it was recorded as the Honour of Kymes. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
"This parish, which is situated on that part of the Sleaford navigation called Kyme Eau, derived its name from the Kyme family, who were barons by tenure and writ in the reign of Stephen, and had a seat here, mentioned by Leland as a 'goodly house and park,' of which only the tower now remains." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Sir William, the founder of the family, also founded the Priory of Bolinton about 1135. "The Kymes assumed the surname from a fair lordship, the principal place of their residence in Kesteven. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Sir Philip de Kyme was the first officially recorded, succeeded by his son Sir William de Kyme. Sir Philip was Baron
Kyme, Lord of the Manor, and was summoned to Parliament in 1295-1313 to represent Lincolnshire
. Sir William was summoned to Parliament in 1323-1336.
Early History of the Keyan family
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Keyan Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Kimes, Kymes, Kyme, Kime and others.
Early Notables of the Keyan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Keyan family to Ireland
Some of the Keyan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 74 words (5 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 Keyan family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Keyan or a variant listed above: John Kymes who landed in North America in 1792.