This English surname KEELIN is of uncertain origin, perhaps from a medieval given name, or maybe from KEELING a locational name 'of Keelin' in Staffordshire and Lancashire. a now extinct spot. A document states ' In 1272 Henry III granted for his service all the land which William of Keelin and William, his son, formerly held and which reverted to the granter by felony of William de Keelin'. The names introduced into Britain by the Normans during and in the wake of the Invasion of 1066, are nearly all territorial in origin. The followers of William the Conqueror were a pretty mixed lot, and while some of them brought the names of their castles and villages in Normandy with them, many were adventurers of different nationalities attached to William's standard by the hope of plunder, and possessing no family or territorial names of their own. Those of them who acquired lands in England were called by their manors, while others took the name of the offices they held or the military titles given to them, and sometimes, a younger son of a Norman landowner, on receiving a grant of land in his new home dropped his paternal name and adopted that of his newly acquired property. Other records of the name include Daniel Keeling who registered at the University of Oxford in 1645, and Edward Keling married Alice Cave in London in the year of 1661. The name is also spelt Keelinge, Keiling and Keelin. The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered in County Essex. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe. The lion depicted in the arms is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour.
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