The surname Gerish was first found in Oxfordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1273 when William, Humfrey and John Gerriss held estates in that shire.
Important Dates for the Gerish family
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Gerish Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Gerriss, Gerrish, Gerish, Gerras, Gerres, Cherrish, Cherish, Cherris, Cherriss, Gerygge, Gerridge and many more.
Early Notables of the Gerish family (pre 1700)
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Gerish migration to the United States
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Gerish Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Thomas Gerish, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682 
Contemporary Notables of the name Gerish (post 1700)
Samuel Gerish Colley (1807-1890), American farmer, sheriff, politician
^ 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)
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