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The lineage of the name Kearsley begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the settlement of Kearsley in Lancashire. The surname Kearsley belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Kearsley Early Origins



The surname Kearsley was first found in Lancashire at Kearsley, now part of Greater Manchester. The first records of the place were found in 1187 when it was spelt Cherselawe and a few years later as Kereleie ( c. 1220. ) The name literally means "clearing where cress grows" having derived from the Old English words caerse + leah. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
There is another Kearsley, a township in the parish of Stamfordham, in Northumberland, but this township has remained rather small in comparison as a census in the late 1800s listed only 11 inhabitants, while the former township in Lancashire had 3,436 inhabitants in the same census.

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Kearsley Spelling Variations


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Kearsley Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Kearsley has undergone many spelling variations, including Kearsley, Kearsey, Keasley, Kersley and others.

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Kearsley Early History


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Kearsley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kearsley research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 121 and 1210 are included under the topic Early Kearsley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kearsley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kearsley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kearsley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Kearsley were among those contributors:

Kearsley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Kearsley settled in Philadelphia in 1859

Kearsley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • John Henry Kearsley, aged 55, originally from London England, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Liverpool, England [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Q5-83L : 6 December 2014), John Henry Kearsley, 11 Mar 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Kearsley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mr Kearsley landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Geo Fife
  • James Kearsley arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "George Fyfe" in 1842

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kearsley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kearsley (post 1700)



  • Jonathan Kearsley, American politician, Mayor of Detroit, Michigan, 1826, 1829
  • Seth Kearsley (b. 1971), American film director, known for his work in animation
  • Major Jonathan Kearsley (1786-1859), American military officer who fought in the War of 1812 and politician, 3rd (1826) and 5th Mayor of Detroit (1829)
  • William Kearsley (1863-1921), English-born, Australian politician, Member for Northumberland (1910-1913), Member for Cessnock (1913-1920)
  • Bryan Kearsley, British philatelist who was awarded the Crawford Medal in 2006

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Q5-83L : 6 December 2014), John Henry Kearsley, 11 Mar 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
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The Kearsley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kearsley 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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