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Keeping family page

This family arrived in Jersey from Hampshire in the 1830s


Selina Emma Keeping (1860-1932), born in St Helier, wife of Daniel Curtis Nother (1831-1882). They had five sons and three daughters

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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

  • Keeping : Albert Henry , of Overdale Hospital, St Helier - 11/Jun/1979 , 11/Jun/1979 , D/Y/B1/301/34
  • Keeping : Dorothy Lilian , of 237, Le Marais, St Clement and formerly of Flat 20, Mount Edgcumbe, Queen's Road, St Helier - 03/Sep/1975 , 27/Mar/1980 , D/Y/B1/319/32
  • Keeping : Ernest Charles , St Helier - 11/Jun/1915 , 13/Jul/1915 , D/Y/A/74/96
  • Keeping : Ernest William John , of 57, Oxford Road, St Helier and formerly of Warminster, Wiltshire - 10/Feb/1916 , 09/Feb/1971 , D/Y/B1/155/25
  • Keeping : Harry James , 05/12/1876 Bequeaths to the poor of St Martin 5 shillings - Unknown date , 19/Jan/1878 , D/Y/A/40/7
  • Keeping : Maud Julia Magdalene , St Brelade Bequeaths sums of money and shares in companies to Rosa Violet Peapell, Reginald Oscar Keeping Also the residue of the estate and any personal effects, household furiture, linen, plate and monies to be divided between her sister and brother Rosa Violet Peapell, nee Keeping and Reginald Oscar Keeping Also bequeaths to Reginald Oscar Keeping the property, Jesmond Dene, St Brelade - 09/Apr/1938 , 06/Apr/1949 , D/Y/B1/1/66
  • Keeping : Reginald Oscar , of Jesmond Dene, Route des Genets, St Brelade Residue of estate bequeathed to niece, Violet Julia Peapell - 09/Apr/1949 , 23/Nov/1949 , D/Y/B1/3/8
  • Keeping : William , ... - 02/Jul/1896 , 10/Mar/1911 , D/Y/A/70/28
  • Keeping : William Charles , of Fairheath, Rue de la Pasteur, Grouville - 11/Nov/1975 , 21/Mar/1977 , D/Y/B1/255/25

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