Spelling and Septs

The variety of surnames within a Scottish clan do not represent separate and definable sub-clans but instead reflect the vagaries of transition of the Gaels into the English naming system as well as marriages, migrations and occupations. The Scots Gaelic for Clan Keith is Ceiteach.

Many who belong to Clan Keith do not bear the Keith surname. Some descend through a maternal line. Others derive from genetic Keiths who assumed different surnames, and still others come from families which gathered under the banner of the Clan Keith in early times and are considered equal to Keiths in their belonging. Clansmen of the latter two definitions derive from what are called "septs". They include:

Austin, Cate(s), Dickson, Dixon, Dixson, Dick, Falconer, Faulkner, Harvey, Hackston, Haxton, Hervey, Hurrie, Hurry, Keath, Keech, Keeth, Keyth, Kite, Lumgair, MacKeith, Marshall, Urie, Urry


Sunday, October 22, 2017

My Great, Great Grandfather Daniel Keith is buried in Edmonson Co. KY in the Keith-Howard Cemetary located in the Cedar Springs community. His stone marks my earliest introductions to my ancestry.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

This is one of the earliest surviving photos of my grandparents. Three children and expecting a fourth, living in a tent located in Monmouth, Illinois. Work was scarce for a young family in Edmonson County, Kentucky. My grandparents migrated to Illinois where he found work as a kiln firer at Western Stoneware Kiln 2. This photo was taken in the mid to late 20's. Appears to be a hard life with the Great Depression lurking.
The entire Keith Clan, 11 children surviving. Another was lost in infancy and was rarely spoken of.
This photo was taken around 1941-2. Surviving the Great Depression and entering World War II, times were hard.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Clan Keith USA: A wealth of information for Keith Kinfolk


Your interest in Clan Keith is welcome. We are a worldwide family of diverse interests, all bound together by the union of the Keith's and its septs. The Earldom of Kintore and the loyal sons and daughters that trace their families to the Name Keith make up the modern Clan Keith.

Sunday, January 1, 2017


Keith kinfolks: Descendants of James Keith, Sr., from 1720 to 1979 Hardcover – 1979