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Cearley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Cearley comes from the kingdom of Dalriada in ancient Scotland. It was a name for a person who worked as a worker in brass. The name Cearley is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic "ceard", which refers to a craftsman, a traveling tinker who repaired pots and kettles, and a worker in brass. The family is believed to have made many of the Highland plaid brooches of brass.

Early Origins of the Cearley family


The surname Cearley was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Cearley family


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Cearley Spelling Variations


The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Cearley has appeared as Caird, Kaird, Kerd, Keard, Ceard, Kerde, McIncaird, McKincaird, Kincaird and many more.

Early Notables of the Cearley family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Cearley family to Ireland


Some of the Cearley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Cearley family to the New World and Oceana


Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Cearley or a variant listed above:

Cearley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Cearley, aged 22, who settled in America, in 1892

Contemporary Notables of the name Cearley (post 1700)


  • Praise Cearley, American actress, known for I will Never Forget You (2019)
  • Julia Cearley, American actress, known for her work on Once Fallen (2010), Cry Wolfe (2014) and What Remains (2013)
  • Nick Cearley, American actor, musician, singer, and dancer
  • Carlene Cearley, American actress, known for her work on Unbridled (2017), Destiny Road (2012) and Harbinger (2014)

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