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This interesting surname has three possible origins. Firstly, it may be of Old Scandinavian origin, as a locational name from West and East Keal, near Spilsby in Lincolnshire, recorded as "Westrecale" and "Estrecale" in the Domesday Book of 1086. This placename is derived from the Old Norse "kiolar", keel, ridge. Secondly, the name may be of Anglo-Saxon origin, from Keele, near Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire, which appears as "Kiel" in the Pipe Rolls of 1169. The derivation for this placename is the Olde English "cy-hyll", composed of "cy", cow and "hyll", hill.

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