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[KISBY] 'KISBY/KISBEE/KISBEY'
 SURNAME ORIGINS


In the beginning there was...

keisby, lincs. Kisby, Kesby: Ralph de Kisebi 1205 Cur (L).
From Keisby (Lincs).

(A DICTIONARY OF BRITISH SURNAMES by P.H.Reaney, Routledge and Kegan Paul (1958))

Keasbey, Kisbee, Kisby, Kisbey.-
Local, 'of Keisby,' a hamlet in the parish of Lavington, co. Linc.

     (Dominus) de Kiseby, co. Linc., 1273. A.
(A DICTIONARY OF ENGLISH AND WELSH SURNAMES by C.W.Bardsley, Henry Frowde OUP Warehouse (1901))

The Lincolnshire Assize Rolls 1202-1209 mention both a Radulfum (Ralf) de Kisebi (1202) and, later, a Robertum de Kisebi - if my Latin was up to scratch maybe I could reveal more! In nearby Northamptonshire, Ralf appears again in the Assize Rolls of September 1202 which, fortunately, have been translated (thanks Judy).


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Kisby

The spelling 'Kisby' was well established in the late 1500's in the Fenland areas of eastern England. The spelling of a surname often changed within short spaces of time, usually at the whim of whoever was literate e.g. the local priest. Kisby is occasionally spelt 'Kizby' in official records, which certainly indicates how it has been commonly pronounced. With the economic pressures on the rural population during the first half of the nineteenth century and spread of the railways in the 1850's the Fenland 'Kisby's' spread from their original geographical area across England (North London, Leicester, Durham, Lancashire etc.) and also overseas.

Kisby's were also in existence in the area of north Kent, England, from an early date. Whether these Kisby's originate from the English Fens or from another root is uncertain. There could be a link with the surname 'Kesby' (see below).

Kisbee

'Kisbee' is one of the many spellings of the surname that appears in official records pre 1837. But 'Kisbee' arrived as a distinct, permanent surname variant in a small part of Northamptonshire and survives today worldwide. Judith Kisbee (see Kisby Researchers Page) has traced her ancestors to the village of Barnwell, Northamptonshire, circa 1650. 'Kisbee' and 'Kisby' quite definitely share the same origins, considering their common geographical location in England.

Kisbey

There is evidence to suggest that the surname 'Kisbey' originates from Ireland. It certainly spread from Ireland during the mid 19th century. Two 'Kisbey' brothers from Ireland founded the village of "Kisbey" in Saskatchewan, Canada. Whether the Irish Kisbey's have a different root to their name is open to question, certainly possible. Ronald Caseby (see below) points out that 'Kisbey' may be a derivation of the surname 'Caseby'.

Kesby

'Kesby' exists (and seems to originate) as a distinct surname in Kent, England, particularly in the south of the county. There may be a connection to the 'Kisby's' of north Kent. 'Kisby' is sometimes interchangeable with 'Kesby', even within the same family, maybe an outcome of the Kent accent.

Kisbye/Kiesby/Kisby

An independently occurring instance of the surname 'Kisby' can be found in Denmark and parts of Germany. This is believed to originate from the small village of "Kiesby" which is close to the current border between the two countries.

Gisby

'Gisby' is a relatively popular surname which also seems to originate from Kent, England. Phil Gisby believes the surname may have a French origin, from the surname 'Gisbourne'. However, there is also a possibility that it may have a connection to 'Kisby', if you consider that in Latin the letter 'K' was commonly pronounced similarly to the 'G'.


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Keisby nr. Bourne, Lincolnshire, England - containing, in 1856, 77 inhabitants and 1250 acres of land.

small bit of lincolnshire
© Crown Copyright Ordnance Survey. All rights reserved.
Keisby,Lincolnshire,
England
OS grid ref.
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Keisby
Li [Chisebi DB, Hy 2 DC, Kisebi Hy 2 DC, 1202 Ass] 'Kisi's BY'. ON Kisi, lit. 'cat', occurs as a byname.
(THE CONCISE OXFORD DICTIONARY OF ENGLISH PLACE-NAMES by E.K.WALL (1936))
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Assize Rolls
Domesday Book (1086)
Danelaw Charters
King Henry II of England (1154-1189)
Lincolnshire, England
Old Norse

KEISBY KEISBY LAKE MANOR HOUSE KEISBY HOUSE KEISBY


Click here for a transcript of Ronald Caseby's e-mail about the village of Keisby (which is, after all, pronounced Case-by). Ron also shares his considered thoughts on the origins of Caseby/Keasby/Keisby/Kisby.

Visit the Links Page for details of Ron's web pages...





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