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English: occupational name for a jailer or someone employed at a keep or castle, Middle English kepe. Americanized spelling of German Kiep, from a short form of the old personal name Gebolf, from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements geb ‘gift’ + wolf ‘wolf’. Compare Gebhardt.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press
Similar surnames: Kemp, Keen, Kees, Keel, Reep, Kelp, Leep, Deep, Klee, Bee