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This is an English locational surname, although the place of origin is uncertain. The surname is recorded in the modern spellings as Keaton, Keeton, and Ketton, and it is probable that the name does derive from a village called 'Ketton' in the former county of Rutland. This in itself makes it rare, Rutland being for seven centuries the smallest English county until destroyed in 1974, and the 'home' of very few authentic surnames. 'Ketton' village was recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book as 'Chetene', although the meaning is open to dispute. It is probably some form of 'Chater', the local river being so named...

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