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Where did the English Searle family come from? What is the English Searle family crest and coat of arms? When did the Searle family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Searle family history?When the ancestors of the Searle family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Cornwall. Their name, however, is a reference to Serlo, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Searle have been found, including Searle, Searles, Searl, Sarl, Sarrell, Serrell and others.
First found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Searle research. Another 151 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1620, 1683, 1656 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Searle History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 47 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Searle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Searle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Searle were among those contributors:
Searle Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Searle Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Searle Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Searle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Searle 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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