The name ‘Keith’ originates from Scotland. It is derived from the habitational name from a place so called between Huntly and Elgin. The place name is first recorded in 1187 as ‘Geth’ and in 1220 as ‘Keth’, it is believed to have been derived from the Briton element ‘cet’ meaning Wood. This is the name of a family who held the title ‘Mariscall of Scotland’ since the 12th century. They trace their descent from a certain ‘Hervey’, who in the 12th century owned the lands from which the named is derived. They have held the earldom of Kintore since 1677. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Keith’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the 16th century were a ‘Robert Keathe’, from the county of Yorkshire, England, is registered at the University of Oxford, England in 1582. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definitely determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confir… Coat of arms: Arent on a chief gules three pa…
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