Keaton Surname Genealogy
surnames Keeton and Keaton derive from the
place-name Ketton, recorded as Chetene in Rutland in the 1086
Book. The name developed as a surname
primarily in Derbyshire. Keeton is
found in the UK, Keaton in America. Keaton may have some
Irish roots, possibly a variant of Keating.
Keaton Resources on
- Descendants of John Keeton
Keetons from Kent to Virginia and beyond.
- Keaton Book Keatons in
was an early de
Keuton family who owned land near present-day Sheffield
Yorkshire from the 14th century. John de
Keuton was recorded as a Sergeant of Arms in 1368.
These de Keutons sold their estate to Sir
William Hewet, the Lord Mayor of London, in 1580. However,
their name continued in Keeton Hall
which his descendant the Duke of Leeds built on the land in 1730. In 1811 Keeton Hall was pulled down by the
6th Duke, supposedly on a bet with the Prince of Wales.
The Keeton name has been
more common in neighboring Derbyshire.
Edward Keeton was recorded in North Wingfield parish around the
1650. John and Emma Keeton were married
in the Eckington parish in 1750 and the Keeton name has continued there. These Keetons were involved in sickle
scythe making in the early 19th century, while some later became coal
miners. William Keeton of this
played cricket for Nottinghamshire and England in the 1930’s.
In addition to
Derbyshire, the Keeton name was also evident in Nottinghamshire and in
Yorkshire around Sheffield. Hadyn
Keeton, the organist at Peterborough Cathedral, was born in Sheffield. An estimated 90% of Keetons were to be found
in these three counties in the 1881 census.
America. John Keeton was an early
in 1610, in the Jamestown colony in Virginia. Although
he seems to have died during the Indian uprising in 1622, his
wife Mary and son William survived. Grandson
William was recorded as a Quaker in Virginia in 1686.
James Keeton was a captain during the
Revolutionary War. Later Keetons
migrated to Kentucky and then to Tennessee, settling in Decatur county
Zachariah Keaton, possibly related, had migrated with two brothers from
Virginia to Wayne county, Tennessee earlier in 1809.
Henry Keaton was born
either in England or in Virginia sometime in the 1660’s.
He was first mentioned in the 1690’s as part
of the Quaker community in Pesquotank county, North Carolina. Seven generations of sober Quakers followed,
the last of them being Joseph Z. Keaton, a miller who migrated West to
His son Joe was something
else. Joe Keaton left home at the
age of 26 “with eight bucks and a Winchester rifle” for Oklahoma
territory. He ended up in a travelling vaudeville act with his
wife, selling patent medicines on the side. Their son Buster
Keaton achieved global fame as a comediian during the silent era of
movies. The actress Camille Keaton is a distant relative.
Another Keaton line, according to family lore, was thought to have
come from Ireland. Kader Keaton was a
planter by the Ogeechee Creek in South Carolina. His
son Kader Jr. migrated to Georgia
sometime after the Revolutionary War.
Keaton was a Primitive Baptist minister there in
If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:
Buster Keaton was
an American actor, comedian, and stuntman during the silent movie era.
born Diane Hall,
is a well-known American actress. She took her mother’s maiden
name for her acting career.
Michael Keaton is the stage
name of Michael Douglas, an American actor and comedian.
Select Keatons Today
- 1,000 in the UK (most numerous
- 5,000 in America (most numerous in Ohio)
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