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Dearsley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Early Origins of the Dearsley family


The surname Dearsley was first found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Woodditton, occupied by under-tenant William de Noyers who held from the King who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Dearsley family


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Dearsley Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Dearsley, Dearsly, Dersle and others.

Early Notables of the Dearsley family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Dearsley family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dearsley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Nicholl Dearsley, who arrived in Maryland in 1673
  • Nicholl Dearsley, who landed in Maryland in 1673 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Richard Dearsley, who settled in Barbados in 1680
  • Richard Dearsley, who settled in South Carolina between 1670-1681
  • George Dearsley, who settled in South Carolina between 1670-1692

Dearsley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Elijah Dearsley, aged 19, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Omega" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OMEGA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/omega1852.shtml

Contemporary Notables of the name Dearsley (post 1700)


  • Verity Jane Dearsley, British actress

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Citations


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OMEGA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/omega1852.shtml

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