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Where did the English Serl family come from? What is the English Serl family crest and coat of arms? When did the Serl family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Serl family history?Serl is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Serl family 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.
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Serl family name include 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 Serl research. Another 151 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1620, 1683, 1656 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Serl History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 47 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Serl Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Serl 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.
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Serl family to immigrate North America: John Searl settled in Barbados in 1680 with his servants; Bridget Searle settled in Virginia in 1623 with her husband; Francis, John Searle settled in Virginia in 1635.
The Serl Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Serl 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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