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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

  • Brigett Searle, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Bridget Searle settled in Virginia in 1623 with her husband
  • Francis and John Searle settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Francis Searle, aged 28, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Jon Searle, who arrived in Virginia in 1635

Searle Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Tho Searle, who landed in Virginia in 1705

Searle Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Searle, aged 19, arrived in New York in 1812
  • W Searle, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • M Searle, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • S Searle, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Geo Searle, aged 39, landed in New York in 1854


  • George Mary Searle (1839-1918), American astronomer
  • John Rogers Searle (b. 1932), American philosopher and Rhodes Scholar
  • Charles Edward Searle (1828-1902), English Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University from 1888 to 1889
  • Humphrey Searle (1915-1982), British composer
  • Ronald Searle CBE, RDI (b. 1920), English artist and cartoonist
  • Shayle Robert Searle (b. 1928), New Zealand born Professor Emeritus of Biological Statistics at Cornell University


  • The Searle Family by Elishu Blackman.


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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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