This unusual surname is English. It originates from the region of the country known as East Anglia, basically the coastal counties which stretch from the Humber River down to the mouth of the Thames. The surname spellings are very varied and include: Keach, Kedge, Keech, Keattch, Keetch, Keitch and Ketch. However spelt the derivation is from an early medieval dialectal term "kedge", thought to be ultimately of pre 7th century Norse origin, and meaning "brisk or lively". It is one of that interesting group of early European surnames that were gradually created from the habitual use of nicknames. These were given in the first instances with reference to a variety of qualities; for example, physical attributes or peculiarities, mental and moral characteristics, and often supposed resemblance to an animal's or bird's appearance or disposition. The 15th Century English dictionary known as "Promptorium Parvulorum", gives the example of "Kygge or Kydge: jocundus", that is jolly or lively. Early examples of the surname include: Alexander Kech in Norfolk in 1221; William Kigge of Lincolnshire in 1250; and Adam Kyg of Buckinghamshire 1276. Early recordings from surviving church registers include the christening of John Kedge, the son of John and Sara Kedge, on June 13th 1624, at St. Nicholas church, Colchester. The first recorded spelling of the family name is possibly that of Alured Keg. This was dated 1177, in the "Pipe Rolls of the county of Norfolk, during the reign of King Henry 11 of England, 1154 - 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • ketch — [ kɛtʃ ] n. m. • 1780; quaiche 1751; cache 1666; mot angl. ♦ Mar. Voilier à deux mâts, dont le mât d artimon, plus petit que le mât avant, est implanté devant le gouvernail. ⇒ dundee. Des ketchs. ● ketch, ketchs nom masculin (anglais ketch)… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • ketch — s.n. Navă mică cu vele cu doi arbori inegali. [pr.: checi] (din engl. ketch) Trimis de tavi, 17.07.2004. Sursa: MDN  KETCH [pr.: keci] n. Navă mică cu vele şi cu doi arbori inegali. / cuv. engl. Trimis de siveco, 02.12.2008. Sursa: NODEX …   Dicționar Român

  • Ketch — (k[e^]ch), n. [Prob. corrupted fr. Turk. q[=a][imac]q : cf. F. caiche. Cf. {Ca[ i]que}.] (Naut.) 1. An almost obsolete form of sailing vessel, with a mainmast and a mizzenmast, usually from one hundred to two hundred and fifty tons burden. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ketch — Ketch, n. A hangman. See {Jack Ketch}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ketch — Ketch, v. t. [See {Catch}.] To catch. [Now obs. in spelling, and colloq. in pronunciation.] [1913 Webster] To ketch him at a vantage in his snares. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ketch — s.m.inv. ES ingl. {{wmetafile0}} TS mar. 1. imbarcazione a vela da diporto con l albero di mezzana molto più piccolo dell albero di maestra e collocato a proravia del timone anziché a poppavia 2. piccola imbarcazione a due alberi usata per… …   Dizionario italiano

  • ketch — [ketʃ] n [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: Probably from catch] a small sailing ship with two ↑masts …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ketch — [ ketʃ ] noun count a small ship with sails and two MASTS …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • ketch — (n.) kind of small sailing vessel, 1650s, earlier catch (mid 15c.), cache (late 14c.), probably from M.E. cacchen to capture, ensnare, chase (see CATCH (Cf. catch)). Cf. the sense development in YACHT (Cf. yacht) …   Etymology dictionary

  • ketch — /ingl. kɛtʃ/ [vc. ingl., da to catch «cacciare»] s. m. inv. yacht a due alberi CFR. yawl …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • ketch — sb., en, er, erne (et sejlskib) …   Dansk ordbog

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