The surname of KEETCH was a nickname 'the kedge' one who was brisk and active, a lively fellow. Surnames having a derivation from nicknames form the broadest and most miscellaneous class of surnames, encompassing many different types of origin. The most typical classes refer adjectivally to the general physical aspect of the person concerned, or to his character. Many nicknames refer to a man's size or height, while others make reference to a favoured article of clothing or style of dress. Many surnames derived from the names of animals and birds. In the Middle Ages ideas were held about the characters of other living creatures, based on observation, and these associations were reflected and reinforced by large bodies of folk tales featuring animals behaving as humans. It was also a name that was given to a slaughtered animal rolled into a lump and used in the 16th century. The name was a term for a butcher 'Did not goodwife Keech the Butchers wife come in then?' was a quotation used by Henry IV. The earliest of the name on record appears to be Reginald Hugo Keche, who was documented in 1209 in County Surrey, and Edward Keatch was recorded in County Yorkshire in 1214. Other records of the name mention Peter Kech, 1273 County Norfolk. Edward Keitche of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. The small villages of Europe, or royal and noble households, even large religious dwellings and monastries, gave rise to many family names, which reflected the occupation or profession of the original bearer of the name. Following the Crusades in Europe in the 11th 12th and 13th centuries a need was felt for an additional name. This was recognized by those of gentle birth, who realised that it added prestige and practical advantage to their status. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. Later instances of the name mention John Keche who was the rector of Erpingham, County Norfolk in 1430. Andrew Stucke married Edey Kege at St. Mary, Aldermary, London in 1621.
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