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Where did the English Kearse family come from? What is the English Kearse family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kearse family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kearse family history?The ancestors of the name Kearse date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in Kersey, a parish in Suffolk. The place-name Kersey is derived from the Old English elements cśrse, which means watercress, and eg, the old English word for island. It was recorded as Cśresige c. 995, and as Careseia in the Domesday Book,  compiled in 1086. The name as a total means "island where the watercress grows." The surname is derived from the place-name. In the early Middle Ages, local surnames were often proceeded by the word de or atte, which meant of and at, respectively. This custom was brought to England by the Normans after they conquered the Saxon Nobility at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The surname as a whole, de Kearse, meant "of Kersey." Eventually, the use of de and atte declined, as Old English and Old Norman fused into Old English over the next few centuries. The surname as a whole means "of Kersey," or "dweller on the island where watercress grows."
Kearse has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Kersey, Kercey, Keresey, Kearsey and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kearse research. Another 131 words(9 lines of text) covering the year 1272 is included under the topic Early Kearse History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 49 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kearse Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Kearses to arrive on North American shores: Thomas Kersey, who came to the Somers Islands in 1673; John Kersey, who settled in Philadelphia in 1731; as well as Thomas Kersey, who settled in Maryland in 1775..
The Kearse Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kearse Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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