Keep Family History
Keep Name Meaning
English (southeastern): from Middle English kepe possibly in the sense ‘keep of a castle’ though this is not otherwise recorded until the late 16th century (perhaps a translation of Italian tenazza ‘that which keeps’) or in the sense ‘look-out place’ (Old English cēpe from cēpan ‘to watch look out for’). Americanized form of German Kiep or of some other similar (like-sounding) German surname.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press