Keynes family

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The Keynes family (/ˈknz/ KAYNZ) is an English family that has included several notable economists, writers, and actors, including the economist John Maynard Keynes.

Family tree of modern Keynes family[edit]

Keynes family tree
John Neville KeynesFlorence Ada Brown
Lydia LopokovaJohn Maynard KeynesGeoffrey KeynesMargaret Elizabeth DarwinMargaret Neville KeynesArchibald Hill
Richard Darwin KeynesAnne Pinsent AdrianQuentin KeynesMilo KeynesStephen KeynesVarious Descendants
Simon KeynesRandal KeynesZelfa Cecil HouraniRoger Keynes
Soumaya KeynesSkandar KeynesLaura Keynes[1]


The English surname Keynes is derived from a Norman place name, either Cahagnes (Calvados) or Cahaignes (Eure), which are documented as places of origin of people of this name[2] or possibly also from similar placenames not so documented.

The earliest documented person in England bearing the name was William de Cahaignes from Normandy who was born around 1035. Of another Norman William de Cahaignes (born around 1060 and probably his son), Katharine Keats-Rohan writes:- "Norman, from Cahaignes, Calvados, arr. Vire, cant. Aunay-sur-Odon.[3] Major tenant of Robert, Count of Mortain (half-brother of William the Conqueror) in several Domesday counties. He was Sheriff of Northamptonshire in 1086, and again in the early years of Henry I. His widow Adelicia made a grant for his soul to Lewes priory, with the assent of their son Hugh (Mon. Ang. v,14). His lands were divided between his three sons, of whom Hugh held the forest of Northamptonshire in 1129/30." [4]

Surname derivatives[edit]

Surname variants include "Koine", "De Keynes", "Keynes", "de Cayenes", "Caynes", "Caines", "Cheyney", "Cheney", "Chaney", "Chaineis", "Cahaignes", "Casneto", "Caisned", "Casineto".[2]

Places in England bearing the name Keynes[edit]

The following places were named after the de Cahaignes or Keynes family who held many manors in the years following the Norman Conquest:

Notable persons surnamed Keynes[edit]

See Keynes (disambiguation).


  1. ^ West, Ed (13 June 2013). "Descendant of Charles Darwin becomes a Catholic apologist". Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b P.H. Reaney, 1997. Dictionary of English Surnames (3rd edn). Oxford: OUP
  3. ^ although in fact the place in Calvados is Cahagnes
  4. ^ Keats-Rohan. "Domesday people,page 472". Retrieved 2006-12-26. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)


  • Keats-Rohan, Katherine S. B. Domesday People: A Prosopography of Persons Occurring in English Documents, 1066–1166. 2v. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell Press, 1999.

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