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The ancestry of the name Keyes dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived near a dock, and may have been employed there having derived from the Old French word kay, which became kaye, keye, and keay in Old English. These were all words for docks, or quays. The original bearers of the name undoubtedly lived near some docks, and could easily have been workers there. There is also the possibility that the name is derived from the Latin personal name Caius, a name that dates from the Roman occupation of Britain. There is a record of a Britius filius Kay in 1199, in Northants; filius means "son of." There is a third possibility; in the north of England ka was a word for jackdaw (derived from the Old Scandinavian), and was often applied as a nickname; some nicknames became surnames and this could be one of them. However, the majority of examples of this name found in England are of the local type. This makes this name a polygenetic name, which means that it arose spontaneously at different times and places and meant different things.

Keyes Early Origins



The surname Keyes was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Keyes Spelling Variations


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Keyes Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Keyes have been found, including Keyes, Key, Keys, Keye, Keyse and others.

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Keyes Early History


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Keyes Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keyes research. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keyes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Keyes Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Keyes Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Keyes In Ireland


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Keyes In Ireland



Some of the Keyes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Keyes, or a variant listed above:

Keyes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Daniell Keyes, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Thomas and Daniel Keyes settled in Virginia in 1638
  • Walter Keyes, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • Solomon Keyes, who landed in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1654
  • Rich Keyes, who landed in Virginia in 1658
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Keyes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Michael Keyes, who arrived in New York in 1847
  • Robert Keyes, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • S C Keyes, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • A F Keyes, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • E D Keyes, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Keyes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Keyes, aged 19, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ocean Mail" in 1875
  • William Keyes, aged 17, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ocean Mail" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Keyes (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Keyes (post 1700)



  • Margaret Naumann Keyes (1918-2015), American academic, professor of Home Economics at the University of Iowa
  • Irwin Keyes (1952-2015), American actor, best known for his recurring role as Hugo, the burly, but dim-witted bodyguard of George Jefferson on the CBS sitcom The Jeffersons
  • Daniel Keyes (1927-2014), American author, best known for his Hugo award-winning short story and Nebula award-winning novel Flowers for Algernon (1958)
  • Lieutenant-General Geoffrey Keyes (1888-1967), American US High Commissioner in Austria (1947-1950)
  • Bert Keyes (d. 1987), American rhythm and blues artist
  • Alan Keyes (b. 1950), American diplomat, one of the representatives to the United Nations during the Ronald Reagan administration
  • Ken Keyes Jr. (1921-1995), American personal growth author and lecturer
  • Evelyn Keyes (b. 1919), American actress, was cast as Scarlet O'Hara's sister in 'Gone With the Wind'
  • Admiral of the Fleet Roger John Brownlow Keyes GCB KCVO CMG DSO RN (1872-1945), regarded throughout the British Empire as one of the great military heroes of his day
  • Lieutenant Colonel Geoffry Charles Tasker Keyes VC (1917-1941), British soldier awarded both the Victoria Cross and the Croix de Guerre during WWII

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Suggested Readings for the name Keyes


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Suggested Readings for the name Keyes



  • A History and Genealogy of One Branch of the Keyes Family by J.K. Messamore.
  • By the Name of Keyes by Peggy Keyes Gray.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: In Domino confido
Motto Translation: I trust in the Lord.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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    The Keyes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keyes Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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