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Keeping family page

This family arrived in Jersey from Hampshire in the 1830s


Eliza Keeping, of Hampshire, married Thomas Yeon, of Cornwall, in St Helier in 1833. The register records her as coming from Bolder, but this was probably a mistake for Boldre

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Origins of surname

This is an early Saxon nickname found in the Domesday book, so among the very earliest of British surnames. It comes from the old German ‘Kupp’, meaning a person of large and jolly appearance.

Early records

This family did not arrive in Jersey until the 1830s. Charles Keeping of Hampshire married Jane Grainger of Plymouth in St Helier in 1835. They only had a daughter baptised in the parish, but other Keepings arrived at roughly the same time, mainly from Hampshire, and we have managed to confirm two family trees.


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Births and baptisms


Great War service

Three brothers

  • Eric Roland Keeping (1898- ) (StH) son of Ernest Charles and Selina Rachel Vardon, Private in Gloucestershire Regiment
  • Ernest William John Keeping (1893- ) (St H) son of Ernest Charles and Selina Rachel Vardon, Private in Hampshire Regiment
  • William Charles Keeping (1894- ) (St H) son of Ernest John and Selina Rachel Vardon, Private in Royal Fusiliers

  • William Henry Keeping, driver in Australian Field Artillery


Family wills

These wills created by members of the Keeping family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page

  • William Keeping - 10 March 1911, D/Y/A/70
  • Ernest Keeping, St Helier - 13 July 1915, D/Y/A/74
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