Type Surname (from location)
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. /ˈki.tən/  [key·simplify]

Meaning & History

From any of three English place names: Ketton in Rutland, Ketton in Durham or Keaton in Devon. The first is probably derived from an old river name or tribal name combined with Old English ea "river", with the spelling later influenced by tun "enclosure, yard, town". The second is from the Old English given name Catta or the Old Norse given name Káti combined with Old English tun. The third is possibly from Cornish kee "hedge, bank" combined with Old English tun.

Related Names

Given Name DescendantKeaton(English)


Entry added December 7, 2022