Gerrish History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Gerrish family

The surname Gerrish 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.

Early History of the Gerrish family

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Gerrish 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 Gerrish family (pre 1700)

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Gerrish migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gerrish Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Gerrish, who arrived in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1639 [1]
  • John Gerrish, who landed in Virginia in 1641 [1]
  • Thomas Gerrish, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682 [1]
Gerrish Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Paul Gerrish, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712 [1]
Gerrish Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A Gerrish, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Gerrish migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gerrish Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Benjamin Gerrish, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Joseph Gerrish, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • George Gerrish, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Benjamin Gerrish, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Bridges Gerrish, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gerrish migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Gerrish Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Gerrish (Gervish), British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Euphemus" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 12th February 1857 [2]
  • George Gerrish, aged 35, a smith, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Lydia Gerrish, aged 34, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • George Gerrish, aged 6, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Charles Gerrish, aged 3, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Gerrish (post 1700)

  • Samuel D. Gerrish, American ionospheric physics researcher at Byrd Station, 1966, eponym of the Gerrish Peaks, Antarctica
  • Joseph Gerrish (1709-1774), American-born, Canadian soldier, merchant, judge and politician, Member of the 1st General Assembly of Nova Scotia
  • John O'Neill "Jack" Gerrish (1910-2010), American composer
  • Sylvia Gerrish (1860-1906), American musical theatre performer known as "The Girl with the Poetical Legs"
  • Benjamin Gerrish (1717-1772), American-born, Canadian merchant and politician, Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1759 to 1768
  • Willliam Ewart Ebenezer Gerrish (1898-1978), British philatelist, inducted into the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists in 1958
  • Sir Ephraim Gerrish Stannus (1784-1850), Irish Major-General, second son of Ephraim Stannus of Comus, co. Tyrone

Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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